The Marion County Sheriff’s Department had a rough day Sunday, when two deputies shot an armed suspect outside Fiddlestiks restaurant in Hannibal. But at least they didn’t have as bad a day as one Washington TV station did while covering a shooting.
Media critic Jim Romenesko tells us that WJLA/ABC 7 was following a shooting in the Washington suburb of Kensington, Md., when they got a tip that the suspect had shot and killed himself. They diligently tweeted as much.
There was just one problem with their tweet. They didn’t write “shot.”
Go to Romenesko’s website to see a screenshot of the tweet. (Caution: As you might have already guessed, it contains one of George Carlin’s seven words you can’t say on television.)
Yep, even we in the media mess up sometimes.