CNN News Fail: Station Erroneously Reports That A 'Dark Skinned Male' Had Been Arrested For Boston Marathon Bombings, Then Backtracks [Video]


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In an overzealous attempt to be the first news station to report an arrest in the Boston Marathon bombings, CNN mistakenly reported on Wednesday that a "dark skinned male" had been taken into custody. The Associated Press and Fox News quickly followed suit. The only problem was there had not been an arrest at the time, and as of this morning authorities are still looking for the person or persons responsible for the unthinkable act.



CNN reported that the breakthrough came from surveillance footage from Lord & Taylor's department store near the site of the second blast and additional footage from a Boston television station.


I was told they have a breakthrough in the identification of the suspect, and I’m told — and I want to be very careful about this because people get very sensitive when you say these things — I was told by one of these sources who’s a law enforcement official that this was a dark-skinned male,” King reported. “The official used some other words, I’m going to repeat them until we get more information because of the sensitivities. There are some people who will take offense even in saying that.”

CNN's Fran Townsend backed up King's report.

What was perfectly clear to me, according to this official, an arrest has been made,” Townsend said.

45 minutes later, Townsend backtracked on her initial report.


There’s not somebody in custody or arrested,” she stuttered. “The situation is very fluid… There was a misunderstanding. That was said to me, not so much that we had misunderstood, but that there has been a misunderstanding and lots of cross communication.”


PBS anchor Gwen Ifill criticized the station on Twitter for their report.


CNN later gave a statement to The Huffington Post regarding their error.


"CNN had three credible sources on both local and federal levels," the spokesperson said. "Based on this information we reported our findings. As soon as our sources came to us with new information we adjusted our reporting."


Watch footage below.

CNN's on air mistake

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Information from Raw Story was used in this report.

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Comment by marcus woods on April 20, 2013 at 10:03am
lol Black born Americans dont do dumb things like this. even the FBI know this he should have knew better.
1hb6kfe6oickb Comment by 1hb6kfe6oickb on April 19, 2013 at 12:46pm
I was actually watching CNN at the time John King made the "breaking news" announcement and "dark-skinned male" was emphasized and repeated many times throughout the broadcast. He kept saying that he had other descriptive info but would not share it due to "sensitivity" issues. He would not indicate if the person seemed to be from a foreign background or not. It was really odd to watch bc it seemed as if he was saying - I have additional descriptive info but all I want you to imagine is a dark-skinned male. He was so evasive in his reporting that it made you think "what kind of reporting is this?" I would like to think that he was given wrong info but the way the repeated statement was made was odd and definitely a huge fail for CNN.
Comment by Dsmith on April 19, 2013 at 12:16am
Not the worse thing a white man has done....I'm just sayin...
Comment by Jullsan on April 18, 2013 at 6:14pm
billy bob
"sandy hood"
Comment by Adam Bomb on April 18, 2013 at 5:11pm
they're talking about arabs not blacks.
Comment by Bad Habits on April 18, 2013 at 3:44pm
I love how conspiracy theorist never get no respect an credibility like its not possible the government pulls false flags. Wake the f*** up out of your coma look at what America has become and ask yourself who's fault is it??? The governments fault I love my country of America but the wrong f****** people run this country. All they are doing is oppressing everyone
Comment by fan123 on April 18, 2013 at 3:44pm
This would have been news if they said n*gger... Fk all you political correct morons.
Comment by doeboyfresh on April 18, 2013 at 3:43pm
The News Always Lies, The News Is Ran By The Government & They Going To Tell You What They Want You To Know All Lies
Comment by $DMoney$ on April 18, 2013 at 3:40pm
FALSE FLAG!! People WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by greebuh on April 18, 2013 at 3:17pm
This is BS, There was a Saudi national that was arrested and Your Savoir, Obama, decided to get him on a flight and return him to his country under armed guard. Get your stories straight. Obama is behind this.

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