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The longer the networks reported on the Boston manhunt on Friday afternoon, the less we knew about what was actually going on. Before the bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was finally caught that night, the confusion around the case had already raised some troubling questions about the power of TV news in general.
At a time when social media offers quicker updates than the anchors, most people only turn to the networks when they need a singular, authoritative voice — one that waits to report the news until it’s been triple-confirmed, sorting out the rumors from the facts. But as police closed in on Dzhokhar, the anchors seemed just as baffled as the people watching. You got the feeling that watching TV was no better than following ordinary people on Twitter or Reddit. That was scary. But what was even scarier was the creeping sense that you might be better off following no one, since nobody (professional or amateur) seemed to know anything. It was just a lot of frustrated people, mechanically delivering details they fully expected to eventually contradict.
A clip purporting to be from a March 17 episode of Fox’s animated comedy Family Guy was edited to suggest the show depicted the bombing of the Boston Marathon, representatives for the show have confirmed to EW.
Craig Ferguson eschewed his traditional opening yuks on tonight’s edition of The Late Late Show by addressing the bomb blasts in Boston — a city to which he has “a personal connection.”
According to a transcript released early, Ferguson began his monologue by saying how tonight’s show was going to be a little bit different. “Obviously the news of today is so horrendous that it would seem insensitive at best to say ‘It’s a great day for America,’ so I won’t be starting the show with that tonight.” he said. “Is anyone else sick of this sh**? I seem to have to say that too often.
“People say to me ‘Craig, your job is to make people laugh at the end of the day.’ And I think, yes, that’s true, but I’ve never professed to be any damn good at that. And, the thing is, people want their mind taken off it. And I think, well ok, if you want your mind taken off it, you know, watch a cartoon or a video or something. I understand it, it’s perfectly acceptable. I don’t think it’s a terrible thing to not want to think about it, but I can’t not think about it.
“Also, I have a personal connection with the city of Boston. I have some history there. I have family there. When I became an American citizen in 2008, I spoke at Faneuil Hall on July 4, at the invitation of Tommy Menino who is the mayor of Boston, and one of the more colorful characters in American politics…. I’ve been there for the Fourth of July many times… and every cop in Boston looks like I’m his brother… My first stand up special in America, I shot it in Boston. I like that town. I’m appalled by this thing and when I watch it on these streets that I know, it’s horrifying.”
Ferguson also explained why he’s not great at hiding his feelings at times like these. “If I have all this inside of me … If I have all this rage and anger and distress and upset inside of me, I’m not a good enough comedian to hide all that from you.”
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NBC will preempt tonight’s episode of Revolution to provide additional coverage of the tragic Boston Marathon explosions.
Brian Williams will anchor a prime-time NBC News special that will air at 10 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT. Between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., NBC still plans to air The Voice. (West Coast stations will have the option of repeating The Voice at 10 p.m., or air their own programming).
The other broadcast network plans are not entirely clear yet. Fox will air its regular programming. As of about 30 minutes ago, CBS and ABC were still going ahead with their usual prime-time schedule, though that might change.
UPDATE: President Obama made a statement from the White House press room regarding the Boston Marathon explosions on Monday.
“The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight,” Obama said. “We don’t yet have all the answers, but we do know multiple people have been wounded, some gravely, in explosions at the Boston Marathon … We still do not know who did this, or why. People shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. We will find out who did this and we will find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice … we will hold them accountable.”
Obama notably avoided describing the bombings (video below) as a terrorist attack.
Some broadcast news telecasts outside of prime-time have been extended. Also, NBC will preempt Revolution for an NBC News special report with Brian Williams at 10 p.m. ET
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