Freelancer and former Politico reporter Steve Friess had a terse exchange with The Atlantic Wire’s Eric Levenson over a scene photographed on the day of the Navy Yard shootings.
In dispute were a few photographs that initially could not be confirmed as associated with the shootings. They were taken by an aide to Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) and tweeted by Tim Hogan, the lawmaker’s flack. AP had a “stop the presses” moment and retracted the images, saying the photographs could not be confirmed. Levenson went a step further: On Sept. 17 he reported that the photographs had nothing to do with the shootings.
Enter Friess, who broke the story for BuzzFeed last night, reporting that the pictures were of one of the Navy Yard employees who died from a gunshot wound to the head en route to the hospital.
Last night Levenson’s story underwent major surgery. To his credit, he made clear what the original post had reported, saying the AP has re-released the photos.
But that didn’t stop the tension between Friess and Levenson.