14 Year-Old Decides to Just DO Something…Anything! About First Aid

From: The Huffington Post

When straight-A student Taylor Rosenthal isn’t in school or playing baseball, he’s busy doing something foreign to most 14-year-olds: He’s running his own successful business.

Rosenthal is a freshman at Opelika High School in Alabama. Last year, while in eighth grade, he was assigned the task of coming up with a business idea for an entrepreneurship class. His pitch went on to win first place.

The teen’s idea? A computerized vending machine that would inexpensively and conveniently dispense first-aid kits.

“Have you ever been to an amusement park and your child falls to the ground and scrapes their knee?” Rosenthal said in the original pitch. “Then, you had to walk all the way to the front of the park to get a Band-Aid?”

Rosenthal told ABC News that the idea for the machine was sparked by his experience playing baseball.

No one could find a Band-Aid when someone got hurt,” he said.

Since the birth of his idea, which he developed with the help of his parents, who both work in the medical profession, Rosenthal has been hurtling toward success. By the end of 2015, he’d developed a working prototype and was granted a patent. His company, RecMed, was also accepted into an incubation program at The Round House Startup Space in Opelika.

According to Kyle Sandler, Rosenthal’s mentor at Round House, the teen was the youngest entrepreneur in the program.

“We had to kick him out of here on Christmas Eve to spend time with his family, and you best believe that every minute of fall break he was here at the Round House,” Sandler told the Opelika-Auburn News. “When he’s not in school or playing baseball, he’s here working on anything from customer discovery to lead generation to where he can put his product.”

In January, Rosenthal won second place in the Techstars competition at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He will be featured this week at TechCrunch Disrupt, a startup conference in New York. He’s reportedly the youngest person ever to present at the event.

To date, Rosenthal has earned a total of $100,000 in investments, CNN Money reported. He’s also turned down a $30 million offer from a “large national healthcare company” for his vending machine idea, though he couldn’t discuss the deal due to a nondisclosure agreement.

“[The company] contacted us and said we feel the idea is worth this, would you like to sit down and talk? It’s his company. He declined because he wants to at least get it started and see how it goes,” Rosenthal’s father, Terry, told the Opelika-Auburn News.

RecMed vending machines stock both prepackaged first-aid kits (which cost between $5.99 and $15.95) for ailments like sunburns, blisters, bee stings and cuts, and individual supplies like Band-Aids, rubber gloves and gauze pads, ranging in price from $6 to $20.

The machines, which are slated to be deployed in the fall, are best suited for “high-traffic areas for kids” like amusement parks, beaches and stadiums, Rosenthal told CNN Money. He’s already received an order for 100 machines from Six Flags.

“It has been amazing watching Taylor grow over the past year into this confident and amazing businessman,” Clarinda Jones, one of Rosenthal’s teachers, told CNN Money. “Even with all of his success, he remains humble and ready to help others. He’s just 14. Bill Gates should be worried.”

CNN 2015 Hero of the Year Maggie Doyne Helps Women, Children in Nepal

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Maggie Doyne, a New Jersey woman who used her babysitting savings to change the lives of hundreds of Nepalese women and children, was named CNN’s 2015 Hero of the Year on Tuesday at a star-studded awards ceremony in New York.

A decade ago Doyne’s backpacking trip to Nepal transformed into a long-term commitment. Spending $5,000 in savings from her babysitting days, Doyne bought land and worked with the community to build a school, a women’s center and the Kopila Valley Children’s Home. Doyne’s BlinkNow Foundation supports these efforts.

“If you had told me when I turned 18 that I was going to be the mom of 50 kids, I would have told you that you were totally crazy. And I am. And to my kids, I love you so much. Don’t ever forget how much I love you,” Doyne said Tuesday. “And to the country of Nepal, thank you so much for loving me and accepting me as a daughter welcoming me into your country.

“And to all of you in this room and who are watching, please, please remember that we have the power to create the world that we want to live in, just as we want it. And that’s what all the Heroes here have done tonight.”

Doyne was chosen from this year’s Top 10 Heroes in an online vote by CNN’s audience. She’ll receive $100,000 for BlinkNow in addition to $10,000 that each Hero received for being named to the Top 10.

The “All-Star Tribute” honored all the Top 10 Heroes — everyday people who’ve made extraordinary contributions around the world. See more about this year’s Top 10 Heroes

Show presenters included Neil Patrick Harris, Taylor Schilling, Common, Kelly Ripa, Kathy Griffin, Sharon Stone, Chris Noth and Zachary Quinto.

During the ceremony, celebrity presenters joined each Top 10 Hero on stage as they shared the personal stories about what inspired them to give back to society. Musical performers included singer Andra Day, who performed her inspiring anthem “Rise Up.”

The event’s global premiere is set for December 6 on CNN.

Former Fish Farmer Feeds 1 Million Kids Every School Day

By Kathleen Toner, CNN

Machinga, Malawi: A bowl of porridge.

It can seem so simple. But for a hungry child and his parents, it is reason to celebrate.

Every weekday, in 12 countries around the globe, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow gives this life-changing gift to schoolchildren. His program, Mary’s Meals, has provided them with free, nutritious meals since 2002.

MacFarlane-Barrow and his group now have their own reason to celebrate.

Last month, his program hit a major milestone: Mary’s Meals feeds more than 1 million children every school day. That’s 5 million meals every week.

“It’s a mind-boggling number,” said MacFarlane-Barrow, who still runs the program from a tin shed on his father’s Scottish farm.

He and the group recently celebrated the achievement in Malawi, where the program began.

The former salmon farmer was recognized in 2010 as a Top 10 CNN Hero. At the time, his program was feeding 400,000 children a day.

See more CNN Heroes

CNN’s Kathleen Toner talked with MacFarlane-Barrow about the milestone and the journey that got him there. Below is an edited version of their conversation:

CNN: One million children, every school day. How does that feel?

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow: It’s something we never could have imagined.

We celebrated in a small village in Malawi in the middle of nowhere, quite a remote, beautiful village. And the whole village was part of the celebrations. The chiefs, the head teachers, and the children, of course, were the center of the celebration. We were singing and dancing. It was just a very, very special day. The joy of those kids is just something incredible to experience.

Mary's Meals recently celebrated a milestone: feeding more than 1 million children every school day.

CNN: The meal that children receive is often as simple as a cup of porridge. How much impact does that have?

MacFarlane-Barrow: One cup of porridge does a lot of different things. It brings many children into school, who never went to school before. In addition, many children who were going to school hungry, they start to learn. Their health improves. And then we see amazing results with academic performance.

So it’s a very simple thing, but the implications are huge and go beyond this generation. Those children growing up now with an education, their children are going to benefit as well.

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CNN: What sparked your idea to start Mary’s Meals more than a decade ago?

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow: In 2002, I was in Malawi during a year of terrible famine, and I met this family — the father had died, and the mother was dying, surrounded by her six children. I began talking to her oldest child, Edward, who was about 14, and asked him, “What are your hopes?” And he said, “I’d like to have enough food to eat, and I’d like to go to school one day.” And that was it. That was the extent of Edward’s ambition.

That was something that I encountered a lot — children who were missing school because they were working or begging. That encounter really ignited this mission of Mary’s Meals, which is simply about providing one good meal every day in a place of education. And Malawi remains, by far, our biggest project. We’re feeding over 25% of the children of primary school age in that country today.

CNN: You and your organization have had quite a journey, which you wrote about in your recent book (“The Shed That Fed a Million Children”). What do you hope others take away from your story?

MacFarlane-Barrow: I just feel this great sense of privilege that I’m part of this mission, this movement that keeps growing around the world.

The million is this amazing landmark, but it really isn’t “mission accomplished.” Our work’s just beginning. We’ve proven that this works, and now we’re just thinking about the next child.

I hope people take away that this is possible. If we are feeding 1 million children, why are there another 57 million children hungry and out of school? So that’s why we’ve celebrated it as the first million, because sadly, it’s not job done. There are many more children waiting.

Want to get involved? Check out the Mary’s Meals website and see how to help.

New Documentary Takes On Dangers Of Clothing Economy

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FROM CNN: The True Cost, a new documentary, chronicles the evils of the clothing industry and asks us to stop buying so much cheap stuff.

We buy too many clothes, and we pay too little for them.

That’s the message of “The True Cost,” a new documentary on the perils of the fashion industry, which is being released next week.

The film is a sweeping, heartbreaking and damning survey of the clothing economy. It covers malformed children of pesticide sprayers in India’s cotton belt, gruesome shots of the deadly 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, Indian rivers frothing with chemicals, and mountains of discarded clothing in Haiti.  “I believe these clothes are produced by our blood,” Shima Akhter, a Bangladeshi factory worker, says in the film. “I want the [factory owners] to be aware and look out for us, so that no more mothers lose their kids like that.”
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                Textile waste in a Dhaka, Bangladesh landfill.

The film interviews a factory owner in Bangladesh, who says the constant pressure to produce cheaply is partly responsible for the unsafe conditions.

“Is it really ethical to buy a T-shirt for $5, or a pair of jeans for $20?” asks Livia Firth, creative director at the sustainable businesses consultancy Eco-Age.

Related: Out of a tragedy, socially responsible fashion 

The movie is filled with disturbing facts. Here’s a few:

— 250,000 Indian cotton farmers have killed themselves in the last 15 years, partly as a result of going into debt to buy genetically modified cotton seeds.

— There are 80 billion pieces of clothing purchased worldwide each year, up 400% from two decades ago.

— Americans throw out 82 pounds of textiles annually.

— Only 10% of the clothes people donate to thrift stores get sold — the rest end up in landfills or flood markets in developing countries.

“I came into this completely blind,” Director Andrew Morgan said at a press screening Friday. “I never thought twice about a piece of clothing I wore.”

Morgan said a photo of children — who were close in age to his own kids — hunting for loved ones near the Rana Plaza rubble is what spurred him to make the film.

He said systematic changes are needed in this and other industries, chief among them counting the costs of pollution or unsafe working conditions that are not currently factored into the price of goods.

But for now, he urges consumers to opt off the treadmill of purchasing more and more cheap clothing — what’s being referred to as “fast fashion” — and buy fewer, better-made items.

“Let’s back off this endless, constant purchasing and invest in clothes we love,” he said.

Illinois Man JDSA’s His Way To Hero of the Year

We’re always on the lookout for stories of those who make a difference – constantly in search of people who inspire us.  People who JDSA their way to changing the world.  Each year, CNN finds ten individuals – ten heroes – who make it their goal to, Just DO Something…Anything!    

Photos: \'CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute\'(CNN) — Chad Pregracke, an Illinois man who has dedicated his life to cleaning the Mississippi River and other U.S. waterways, is the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year.

Pregracke organizes community cleanups across the country through his nonprofit, Living Lands & Waters. About 70,000 volunteers have pitched in, helping Pregracke collect more than 7 million pounds of trash in the past 15 years.

“The garbage got into the water one piece at a time,” Pregracke said earlier this year. “And that’s the only way it’s going to come out.”

Pregracke was recognized during last week’s airing of “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” along with the rest of this year’s top 10 CNN Heroes — everyday people doing extraordinary things to help change the world. He was chosen as Hero of the Year through a five-week public vote on CNN.com.

“I’ll just keep on cleaning up America’s rivers and loving every minute of it,” said Pregracke when he accepted the award.

Chad Pregracke pledged to give some of his Hero of the Year money to the rest of the top 10 CNN Heroes.
Chad Pregracke pledged to give some of his Hero of the Year money to the rest of the top 10 CNN Heroes.

For being named CNN Hero of the Year, Pregracke receives $250,000 to continue his work. That is in addition to the $50,000 that each Hero receives for making the top 10.

During the show, Pregracke pledged to spread some of his Hero of the Year money to the rest of the top 10 Heroes: “I’ve met so many great people today, the other Heroes, and I’m really moved by all their stories and all the things they do around the world. … I’m going to give 10 grand to each of them, because they’re awesome.”

Pregracke, 38, grew up in East Moline, Illinois, where the Mississippi River was in his backyard. As a teenager, he worked as a commercial shell diver and began to notice the heaps of debris in the fabled waterway, which supplies drinking water to 18 million people in more than 50 U.S. cities.

“I saw thousands of barrels, thousands of tires, cars, trucks and tops of school buses. … I got sick of seeing it and just wanted to do something about it,” said Pregracke, whom some have called “the rivers’ garbageman.”

For nine months out of the year, Pregracke lives on a barge with members of his 12-person crew. They go around the country with a fleet of boats, and they try to make cleanup fun for the volunteers who show up in each city.

They use skits, music and mock motivational speeches to get the volunteers amped up, and sometimes they even do a little karaoke. Teams also compete to see who can find the “best” garbage.

“We do everything in our power to get people excited about it,” Pregracke said. “We want people to leave feeling good about what they did so they’ll come back.”

Close to 90% of what they recover is recycled; Pregracke said the rest gets disposed of properly.

In addition to the river cleanup, Pregracke has launched a floating classroom barge where his staff educates high school students and teachers about the damages of pollution on river ecosystems. In 2007, his nonprofit implemented a program to plant 1 million trees along river shorelines to protect and restore the natural environment. The group is halfway to its goal.

Pregracke says his nonprofit has already held more than 700 cleanups on 23 rivers, but he says he’s just getting started. He views his work as a different kind of service to the country.

“A lot of people call me a conservationist or an environmentalist, but the thing is I’m no different than anybody else,” he said. “I just want to be known (as) a hardworking American.”

10 Inspiring Stories of People Who JDSA

By Kyle Almond, CNN

After <a href='http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/2013.heroes/dale.beatty.html'>Dale Beatty</a>, right, lost his legs in the Iraq war, his community thanked him for his service by helping him build a home. To pay it forward, Beatty co-founded Purple Heart Homes, which has helped build or modify homes for dozens of disabled U.S. veterans. "We wouldn't leave someone behind on the battlefield," Beatty said. "Why would we do it at home?"
After Dale Beatty, right, lost his legs in the Iraq war, his community thanked him for his service by helping him build a home. To pay it forward, Beatty co-founded Purple Heart Homes, which has helped build or modify homes for dozens of disabled U.S. veterans. “We wouldn’t leave someone behind on the battlefield,” Beatty said. “Why would we do it at home?”
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2013 each receive $50,000 for their efforts to help change the world
  • The Hero of the Year, chosen by CNN’s global audience, receives an additional $250,000

(CNN) — They clean up rivers, build homes for disabled veterans and bring health care to some of the darkest parts of the world.

They help children who are fighting cancer, poverty and a lack of opportunity.

Here are the top 10 Heroes of 2013, in alphabetical order:

Dale Beatty: Making life easier for disabled veterans
After Dale Beatty lost his legs in the Iraq war, his community thanked him for his service by helping him build a home. To pay it forward, Beatty co-founded Purple Heart Homes, which has helped build or modify homes for dozens of disabled U.S. veterans. “We wouldn’t leave someone behind on the battlefield,” Beatty said. “Why would we do it at home?”
Read Beatty’s story

Georges Bwelle: Bringing health care to the jungle
For decades, Georges Bwelle watched his father suffer, unable to get the medical attention he needed. Now a doctor, Bwelle travels into the jungles of his native Cameroon nearly every weekend, providing free medical care for those who don’t have access to good health care. “To make people laugh, to reduce the pain, that’s why I’m doing this,” he said.
Read Bwelle’s story

Robin Emmons: Creating an oasis in a ‘food desert’
More than 72,000 people in Charlotte, North Carolina, lack access to fresh produce. When Robin Emmons discovered this problem, she took action. “I decided to rip up my whole backyard and make it all a garden for people in need,” she said. Since 2008, Emmons has grown more than 26,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables for area residents.
Read Emmons’ story

Danielle Gletow: Granting wishes for foster kids
Foster children don’t often get the things other children do, but Danielle Gletow is trying to help change that. She posts their wishes online so the public can help grant them. “I’m here to be the mom to all these kids who might not feel like they have one,” she said. Since 2008, her group has helped grant more than 6,500 wishes in 42 states.
Read Gletow’s story

Tawanda Jones: Giving kids a way off deadly streets
Tawanda Jones is using dance to empower the youth of Camden, New Jersey, one of the poorest cities in the country. Through Jones’ drill team program, at least 4,000 children have learned discipline, respect and community service — and all of them have graduated high school. “We need to take back our city and, most importantly, take back our youth,” Jones said.
Read Jones’ story

Richard Nares: Helping sick kids get to chemo
For many children fighting cancer, it can be extremely tough to make it to their chemotherapy appointments. But Richard Nares started a group that gives them transportation and support. “No child should miss their cancer treatment due to lack of transportation,” said Nares, who lost his son to leukemia in 2000.
Read Nares’ story

Kakenya Ntaiya: Educating girls for the first time
Kakenya Ntaiya is inspiring change in her native Kenyan village. After becoming the first woman in the village to attend college in the United States, she returned to open the village’s first primary school for girls. “Our work is about empowering the girls,” Ntaiya said. “They are dreaming of becoming lawyers, teachers, doctors.”
Read Ntaiya’s story

Chad Pregracke: Cleaning up America’s rivers
Chad Pregracke has made it his life’s work to clean up the Mississippi River and other American waterways. Since 1998, about 70,000 volunteers have helped Pregracke remove more than 7 million pounds of garbage from 23 rivers across the country. “Picking up garbage, it’s tough, miserable and hot,” Pregracke said. “We try to make it fun.”
Read Pregracke’s story

Estella Pyfrom: Bringing computers to kids in need
Estella Pyfrom used her life savings to create “Estella’s Brilliant Bus,” a mobile computer lab that provides tutoring for thousands of low-income students in Palm Beach County, Florida. “It’s not just a bus, it’s a movement,” Pyfrom said. “And we’re going to keep making a difference.”
Read Pyfrom’s story

Laura Stachel: Lighting the way for safe childbirths
Laura Stachel created a special “solar suitcase” to help health-care workers deliver babies in more than 20 developing countries. “I really want a world where women can deliver babies safely and with dignity,” Stachel said.
Read Stachel’s story

As part of their award package, each top 10 Hero will also receive free organizational training from the Annenberg Foundation, a leading supporter of nonprofits worldwide. The Heroes will participate in a customized version of the Annenberg Alchemyprogram, which offers practical guidance to help strengthen organizations for long-term success.

Check out all of this year’s CNN Heroes

From Huffington Post – ‘America’s Worst Charities’ List Criticized By The Association Of Fundraising Professionals

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After a new report pointed a finger at “America’s Worst Charities,” nonprofit experts are speaking out.

CNN recently published the results of a study ranking “The 50 worst Charities In America,” conducted by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).

The study focused its ratings on charities that give donations to for-profit solicitors to fundraise. Using these charities’ IRS tax filing information, researchers compared the total proceeds raised by solicitation to the total amount of money paid to for-profit solicitors. Of the $1.3 billion raised by the 50 worst charities, almost $1 billion was paid to companies that do their fundraising.

But some charity experts are speaking out, saying these nonprofits are too far on the fringes. In a recent press release, Andrew Watt, the president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), a nonprofit support organization, said the investigation should not have solely focused on cases of solicitors who receive a commission, a practice widely viewed as unethical.

“The use of professional solicitors is not an indication of whether or not a charity is legitimate or effective. Many legitimate charities hire solicitors to assist in their fundraising,” he stated. “In the extreme cases cited by CNN and the Tampa Bay Times, solicitors are paid on a percentage- or commission-basis, a practice which is prohibited and considered unethical by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and most of the charitable sector.”

The report concluded that The Kids Wish Networkthe Cancer Fund of America, and the Children’s Wish Foundation International are respectively America’s top three worst charities.

Crisis management specialist Melissa Schwartz, who is working with Kids Wish, told The Times that the charity hires solicitors so its staff can focus on the children and not on raising money. She declined to give specifics, saying the charity “is focused on the future.”

The Times/CNN note that the study focused on nonprofits that have a history of deviating from established regulations — pointing out that 39 have been apprehended by various state regulatory administrations. The study methodology was also reviewed by GuideStar, among other nonprofit experts.

Watt did note that the report on the worst charities serves an important purpose: educating donors about the importance of awareness and research when giving to charities.

“The list developed by the Tampa Bay Times and CNN will help, to some extent, educate donors about wise giving and issues to be aware of when deciding to make a contribution. Donors always need to take their time when making a gift, especially if they are considering giving to new or unfamiliar charities.”

To learn more about tips on how to donate wisely and track where your contributions are going, click here.

CNN’s Continuing Series – America’s Worst Charities

After a year-long investigation, Anderson Cooper exposes a group of charities who’ve been ripping off donors for years. Thanks to CNN, the Tampa Bay Times, and the Center for Investigative Reporting for such AMAZING work!

The Evolution of Bad Journalism

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The incorrect reporting of an arrest after the Boston Marathon bombings reminds me of another big story botched by the media more than a dozen years ago.

I was with the national press traveling with George Bush in 2000, when shottie reporting of the election results turned the state of Florida into a circus, and forced the Supreme Court to choose a president.  “We don’t just have egg on our face.”  Tom Brokaw said on election night.  “We have an omelet.”

But this was different.  It wasn’t a national tragedy we were dealing with back then.  It was a national election that turned the media into an international joke.

The media became a joke again Wednesday.  But it was no laughing matter.

News organizations have always believed the most important thing to be…is first. First in information.  First on the scene.  First in video.  Wednesday afternoon, CNN was first.  First in getting it all wrong.

At 1:45, the CNN Breaking News Banner kicked in across our television screens.  Complete with ominous music and computer generated graphics created to signal calamity, they proudly and boldly reported, “ARREST MADE IN BOMBINGS CASE”  It didn’t take long for other media outlets to scramble their way to the top of “Speculation Mountain.”

Within minutes, Fox News was claiming a Federal Marshall had a suspect in custody.  Their anchor going so far as to report, “They got ‘em!”

Enter the AP.

Just before 2:00 o’clock, the Associated Press claimed “sources have confirmed” an arrest.  It’s not clear, exactly, who their sources were.  But if it was CNN, they had a big problem that was about to get even bigger.

Minutes after the AP joined in the fray of ineptitude, CNN went further down the rabbit hole, deciding to give a description of the man in custody.  A man who didn’t even exist.

“According to my sources…” John King of CNN began telling the country.  “The suspect is a dark-skinned male individual.”  Apparently, CNN was the only entity to see the intrinsic journalistic relevance of that information. Information, by the way, which just so happened to include the Ethiopian runner who won the marathon earlier in the day in as a suspect.

What bothers me most about King’s blunder, is that he didn’t give a description.  He issued a characterization.  It was useless, inflammatory, and did absolutely nothing to advance the discussion of the story.  Other than to make CNN the story.

Twenty minutes after that egregious report, John King and Wolf Blitzer were backtracking faster than Michael Jackson could moonwalk.  But not nearly as graceful.

By half past 2:00, CNN was forced to report “Conflicting Reports of Bombing Arrest.”  Essentially telling us the Breaking News they’d been broadcasting for nearly an hour was wrong.  And to remind us just how cataclysmic their mistake was, they continued to keep their Breaking News Banner on the screen.  Basically, breaking the news that their breaking news was, well…broke.

Around this time, the Internet began to snowball within the frenzy of inaccuracy.  Boston.com reporting (in BIG BOLD LETTERS) MARATHON BOMB SUSPECT IN CUSTODY.

Interestingly, just above that caption (in tiny bold letters) read this:

US Attorney’s Office: There is no marathon bombing suspect in custody and no arrest.”

And what about the New York Post?  They were busy splashing photos of two men with a gigantic caption labeling the unidentified persons as, “BAG MEN.”  Later in the day the Post issued an update. Again, prominently displaying the images of the “BAG MEN” on the front page, telling us those two men – the two men THEY incorrectly identified – had, in fact, been cleared.  Never once bothering to apologize for their abhorrent mistake.

Incidentally, this coming from the very same paper who told us immediately after the bombings, there were 12 people dead and that “Authorities ID the suspect as a Saudi National.”

By days end the media’s descent from “Speculation Mountain” was all but complete. But the damage had been done.

We live in a world with a news cycle that never sleeps.  There are cable outlets, and magazines, bloggers, Tweets and Facebook posts.  Unnamed sources can be anyone with a keyboard or a cell phone.  If you believe the line between journalism and entertainment is blurred, you’d be wrong.  It’s non-existent.  The journalistic bar has been set so low, we can now step on it.  Still, that’s not an excuse to substitute being correctly 2nd with being 1st and wrong.

The FBI issued notices to the media asking them to dial down the rhetoric.  Imploring them to, “exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.”  I hope the media listens.  I hope they show restraint and begin to display some respect.  Not just to those who were injured or lost their lives.  But to their families, the residents of those surrounding communities, and to the city of Boston.  A city which, at present, finds itself in the middle of chaos, confusion, and lockdowns.  While doing its best to make its way through a series of wakes.

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