MEDIA
11/11/2009 05:12 am ET Updated 5 days ago

CNN Under Fire For Erroneous Coast Guard Shots Report

CNN is under fire for its erroneous report that the Coast Guard was firing shots on the Potomac River.

The report was infused with tension given that the shots — which turned out to be a routine training exercise — came on the eighth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

From the AP:

CNN reported the Coast Guard had fired 10 rounds at a suspicious boat, and showed vessels circling in the water -- near the bridge President Barack Obama's motorcade crossed on the way to a memorial at the Pentagon Friday morning.

CNN was later forced to retract the report, as seen below (via Politico):

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs slammed the network, saying, "Before we report things like this, checking would be good."