Fox News Walks Back Confirmation of ‘Active Shooter’ at Navy Yard

Someone messed up big time...

By now, you may have heard that the Washington Navy Yard has been given the “all clear” amid the scare of a possible “active shooter” in Southeast D.C. this morning, but not before some suspect reporting by Fox News.

At 8:24 a.m., FNC’s chief Washington correspondent James Rosen reported to Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy that the National Military Command Center had confirmed the presence of an active shooter in a “sensitive but unclassified bulletin” — their chyron reading “Shots Confirmed: Gunfire Reported Inside Building.”

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By 8:38 a.m., former FBI investigator Bill Daly told Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade that “we don’t know whether it’s one person or there are other people. We don’t know whether people are being held or not” — their chyron reading: “Active Shooter Confirmed In DC Navy Yard.”

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At 9:0 a.m., Fox tip toed back a little with an updated chyron: “DC Navy Yard On Lockdown Amid Reports Of An Active Shooter.”

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And finally, the coup de grace came at 9:18 a.m., when the chyron for “America’s Newsroom” read: “DC Navy Yard Remains on Lockdown; No Confirmation of Shots Fired.”


TheWrap originally reported that the State Department had denied the existence of any “sensitive but unclassified bulletin” confirming an active shooter, but has recently updated their coverage — claiming that Rosen’s report of an active shooter was based on email from the National Military Command Center that “inaccurately reported” an active shooting.

Thursday’s incident had been feared to be a repeat of the 2013 shooting at Navy Yard that left 12 victims and the shooter dead.

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