Reporters and editors have honed the response to violent attacks, but despite familiar angles and sources, the tragedies are never routine.
Cable news was set ablaze on Friday when the landlord of San Bernardino shooters Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik surprised reporters by letting them into the apartment of the apparent terrorists. “This is kind of bizarre, this whole thing,” Anderson Cooper says about reporters being invited into the unit so soon after the massacre.
Fox News, CNN and MSNBC saw their audience levels surge Wednesday as viewers watched the real-time drama that included a police search and a climactic shootout. ABC, CBS and NBC devoted hours of airtime to continuous coverage led by their signature anchors, some of whom got on planes later that night to report on the investigation at the scene Thursday.
All of the broadcast networks have cut into their programming to cover a mass shooting incident in San Bernardino, Calif., featuring reporting and video from their Los Angeles stations (KABC, KCBS, KNBC and KTTV). Early reports say there are multiple fatalities and as many as three shooters. SBFD says there are 20 victims but did not elaborate. (ABC News photo)