Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday where she sought to use the symbolism of a historic landmark to draw parallels to a present-day America that is in need of repairing deepening racial and cultural divides.

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New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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Why Outlets Often Get It Wrong In Breaking News Coverage

Sep 17, 2013



As news traveled about the mass shootings at the Navy Yard, there were some missteps by the media. At first, some news outlets reported there were up to three different gun men. So far, that's turned out not to be the case. There were reports that there was a second shooting at Bolling Air Force Base, that turned out not to be the case.

Never mind the conflicting number of casualties reported as the tragedy unfolded, NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik was wary of the emerging information and he posted this on Twitter account: Reports amid breaking news are provisional and often wrong.

So does breaking news need this warning label? David is here to talk more. And, David, let's talk about this warning label, is it - I don't know if it's for the media, the news sources or the audience itself. But let's start with the new sources.

DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Well, I think that what you have is an incredible fragmentation of information. I mean, in a city like D.C., you have not only local and federal officials but you also have military police converging on the site. You have first responders. You've got people at the hospitals. All these folks have a couple of tiles here and there of a much larger mosaic.

It's unreasonable for journalists to expect that these sources are going to know everything in the immediate aftermath of a terrible incident like this, particularly one that is continuing to play out.

CORNISH: At the same time, that's our job, right? Reporters are supposed to run down and verified this information. Are we letting them off the hook?

FOLKENFLIK: Well, look, I mean I think news organizations made a number of things that proved to be errors of fact. And they also proved to make some errors of judgment. WTTG, I believe, the Fox station down in Washington, picked things off the police scanner. That's in some way sounds like it's a very innovative move. After all, you can hear the communications of law enforcement officials. But it's raw information. It's untested. And there is no, you know, scanner channel that says these are things we are retracting that we said earlier.

News organizations are expected to chase these things down. They're also expected to show some discretion to make sure that unless it's pinned down, that they don't put it out on the air or online. And yet, that's a really hard thing to do in this day and age.

CORNISH: And then, let's talk about the audience, which more and more is participating in gathering the news, right? I mean, social media. Is it a problem in these breaking news situations or an innovation?

FOLKENFLIK: Well, I'd say both. I would say that through social media what we use to think of as the audience, the public, is both gathering information, sharing information, sharing context at times. Also sharing a lot of misinformation and relaying things that the news organizations or others have gotten wrong.

Sometimes they're sharing a photograph from what turns out to be a completely different incident, as occurred today apparently in the New York Daily News. Sometimes they're sharing context that doesn't prove to be true, as happened. BuzzFeed did an entire article on the basis of the idea that the shooter was using and AR-15, and now it appears that was not the weapon that he used.

So the audience does all things. And at the same time, they expect instantaneous information not only on social media, but also from more conventional news organizations like the cable networks. And our expectations as an audience has to be shifted a little bit. We have to know that in the aftermath of developing events that those two things are incompatible; authoritativeness and immediacy. And that we can't expect news organizations to provide us exactly what happened right away. Those two things can't be knit together.

CORNISH: That's NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik. David, thank you.

FOLKENFLIK: You bet. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.