What 14 Journalists Thought Of The San Bernardino Suspects' Home Tour On Live Television
On Friday, journalists everywhere watched in amazement as reporters from MSNBC and CNN walked viewers through the apartment of Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the couple suspected of carrying out Wednesday's mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. It wasn't just viewers who were baffled by the live broadcasts — other journalists responded to the shooting suspects' home tour with shock, confusion, and disgust. In a statement to Bustle, MSNBC said that the apartment owner allowed the press inside the apartment "after law enforcement officials had finished examining the site and returned control to the landlord," but the investigation into the attack is still ongoing. The FBI told Mic the agency did not let reporters in the apartment.
Both Farook and Malik were killed in a shootout with the police Wednesday, leaving behind their six-month-old daughter, who the couple left with Farook's mother before allegedly killing 14 people and wounding 21. The live broadcasts showed the baby's crib and toys, religious texts, and papers scattered throughout the apartment. CNN correspondent Stephanie Elam showed viewers a hole in the ceiling of a closet she said was made by investigators. She said on air: "I've seen passports. I’ve seen drivers' license. There are signs that this room has been ransacked before the media got here."
In its statement sent to Bustle, MSNBC says, "Although MSNBC was not the first crew to enter the home, we did have the first live shots from inside. We regret that we briefly showed images of photographs and identification cards that should not have been aired without review."
Here's a look at what other journalists called MSNBC's and CNN's live tours of the suspects' home.
The Most Appalling Thing
A Magical Mystery Tour
Breaking and Entering
Sincerely Messed Up
A New Low
"To Catch a Terrorist"
Others joked about the news networks breaking into their apartments.
Find Count Chocula Cereal
Please Tidy Up My Place Before
Other journalists, and viewers everywhere, were left utterly confused and appalled by the broadcasts.