Mistaken media reports related to the Rep. Giffords Shooting

The shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others at a public event on Saturday, January 8 resulted in an onslaught of breaking news reporting. That in turn led to a lot of mistakes -- including reports that Rep. Giffords had died. Here's how it unfolded. A report by RegretTheError.com.


  1. It was after 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 8 when reports about the shooting began to spread.
  2. According to some, NPR was the first major U.S. news organization to declare Rep. Giffords dead:
  3. A live blog on the Huffington Post noted the NPR report at 2:08 p.m., the website also sent this tweet:
  4. Huffington Post followed up with another post at 2:13 p.m. to note that Reuters had also declared Rep. Giffords dead. CNN followed not long after, as did Fox News:
  5. But it didn't take long for those initial reports to be called into question. News organizations began hedging and correcting the death reports:
  6. Rachel Sklar of Mediaite was on the story early, and she noted a discrepancy on the New York Times' website:
  7. Then she noted the fix: