Tuesday’s showdown with fugitive Christopher Dorner brought the conflicting agendas of law enforcement and the media into sharp relief, spotlighting the challenges — and pitfalls — of such immersive live coverage. Uncensored obscenities made it on the air, phone conversations interrupted live coverage and journalists were asked by authorities to restrict their coverage to avoid tipping off the suspect.
Gannett’s Denver NBC affiliate claims it had the first reporter on the scene of the middle-of-the-night tragedy and that was just the start of its coverage. Among the big-time news players that relayed information from the station during Friday’s unfolding events were the Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. And there were undoubtedly many others.