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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Friday, October 25, 2002
10:41 AM

Well, this certainly complicates my rants about the media releasing too much information. CNN leaked the license plate number, and the floodgates opened.

CNN reported at 10:02 p.m. Wednesday that a 1990 Caprice with New Jersey plates was being sought, that police officials were debating whether to release the men's names and that, as reporter Kelli Arena, put it, "we have been cautioned not to refer to these individuals as suspects." MSNBC's Pete Williams said a minute later that "we have been asked not to pass these specific names on."...

Before CNN disclosed the car and license plate, said spokeswoman Christa Robinson, the network checked with police and officials and "we were not advised that the release might be harmful." Fox's Moody said he simply confirmed with reporter Cosby that the information was "coming from reliable sources."...

Similar to the Tarot card incident, where Chief Moose was angry about the info getting out--he'd be angry about any info getting out, including his name--but WUSA TV said when they'd confirmed the info, the police they spoke to did not ask them to withhold it.

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