NEWS ANALYSIS

How Did the Media Botch Tom Petty’s Death?

The media rushed to eulogize Tom Petty before the rocker had actually died. It was an embarrassment for journalism.

Confusion As Outlets Report On Tom Petty

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty died at age 66 on Monday of cardiac arrest, as confirmed by his management just after midnight. But for several hours earlier on Monday, the rock star was dead to some members of the news media, even if he wasn’t in fact.