Opening Act: Boston

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April 16 2013 8:27 AM

Opening Act: Boston

A Boston police officer stands near the scene of a twin bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The news from Boston continues to stop the blood cold.

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

Erik Wemple is pretty much right about how Twitter shames and corrects bad journalism in a crisis, harkening back to Newtown.

We heard conflicting stories about whether the shooter, Adam Lanza, had entered Sandy Hook Elementary School by force or whether he was buzzed in. We heard that his mother, Nancy Lanza, was a teacher at the school. We also heard that Ryan Lanza, not his brother, Adam, was the shooter.

And Mediaite has the 10 worst media reactions to the atrocities.

Josh Kalven of Newsbound finds the photo behind the photo that defined the bombing—the 78-year-old runner sprawled on the ground as police ran into the action.

Ed O'Keefe and Tom Hamburger keep a count of gun bill votes. There are pretty clearly more than 50 votes for the bill itself; the ballgame is five or so more Republican votes for cloture. Recall that the NRA has said it will "score" a vote for cloture against a member's record.

Juliet Eilperin profiles the seven-employee news site that just won a Pulitzer.

And this, from a 2006 hearing on the Hill, is just eerie.


David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics



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