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Published On: Sun, May 12th, 2013

Scott Pelley, CBS News anchor says media ‘wrong over and over again’ VIDEO

CBS News anchor Scott Pelley on Friday at the Quinnipiac University in Connecticut that its’ been a rough few months for journalism.

“Our house is on fire,” Pelley told the audience. “These have been a bad few months for journalism. We’re getting the big stories wrong over and over again.”

Nancy Lanza was referenced by Scott Pelley as an example of the poor journalism over the last several months

Nancy Lanza was referenced by Scott Pelley as an example of the poor journalism over the last several months

“Let me take the first arrow,” he continued. “During our coverage of Newtown, I sat on my set and I reported that Nancy Lanza was a teacher at the school. And that her son had attacked her classroom. It’s a hell of a story, but it was dead wrong. Now I was the managing editor, I made the decision to go ahead with that and I did, and that’s what I said, and I was absolutely wrong. So let me just take the first arrow here.”

“Our nation was attacked by terrorists,” Pelley said discussing the Boston Marathon bombing. “I cannot think of a time when the public that we serve needs accurate, timely information more than in those moments when our country is under attack.”

CNN was widely maligned for being the first to incorrectly report that authorities had a suspect in custody, as was The New York Post for publishing photos of two men it incorrectly said were being sought by police.

“That fire that started on the Internet spread to our more established newsrooms,” Pelley said. “In a world where everyone is a publisher, no one is an editor. And that is the danger we face today.”

Pelley was receiving the university’s Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, named after the former CBS News president.

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