CBS anchor Pelley: Journalism's house is on fire

CBS News anchor Pelley rips journalists, including himself, for lack of care, rash of mistakes

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Top CBS News anchor Scott Pelley says a recent rash of mistakes shows journalism's house is on fire.

The "CBS Evening News" anchor says in a world in which everyone is a publisher no one is an editor. He delivered a scolding to his industry Friday while receiving a journalism award.

Pelley talked about how several news organizations prematurely reported an arrest in the Boston Marathon bombing case.

Media critic Howard Kurtz has confessed on his CNN show about messing up a story about gay NBA player Jason Collins.

And Pelley doesn't exempt himself, noting he falsely reported the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooter's mother was a teacher at the school. He urges a renewed dedication to getting things right rather than first.

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