AS NEWS OF the shooting in Tuscon unfolded last week, journalists scrambled to get information to the public.
Early reports said that newly-elected Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was killed in the attack in which six people were murdered. Giffords, who was shot at close-range in the head, survived and continues to recover.
Many pundits and news outlets latched onto the idea that the shooting was politically motivated, specifically citing the political action committee (PAC) connected to Sarah Palin. The PAC's website showed targeted congressional districts and marked them with rifle crosshairs.
At this point, no one knows exactly why the shooter took such actions. The public, however, wants answers.
What should journalists do at this point? Should they try to piece together information and present what they have, even if it involves conjecture?
Or should the media stay quiet until there are facts to report? Is that even possible?
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