My sympathies and best wishes go out to those who lost someone in the Fort Hood shooting.  It was a needless tragedy (like Iraq).

This event was yet another study in press coverage.  It is said that one needs to note everything that first appears in the press because after that, the spin gets applied.

The reason I bring this up is because I have heard and read several conflicting reports:

  • there was one shooter
  • there were three shooters
  • the shooter was dead
  • the shooter was alive

Now, it should be fairly obvious to most people that there is rather a large difference between one and three shooters.  Likewise, there is a huge rift between dead and alive.  These aren’t the kind of mistakes a trained reporter should make.  These aren’t the kind of mistakes a five year old would make.

I wasn’t there so I don’t know what happened but I can assure you that my forensically untrained eye can spot the numerical as well as respirational discrepancies.  I am not even making any claims – just wondering about the slight differences in facts reported.