Editors warn reporters against hastily writing stories to beat competition

Editors Jodi Enda and Carl Cannon warned against journalists churning out stories to beat competing outlets Friday on "What America's Thinking," saying that the practice increases the chances for outlets to make mistakes in reporting. 

"There's a lot that we need to do better," Enda, editor-in-chief at Think Progress, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons. 

"In this era of people having to churn stories out, and beat the competition by a nano-second, is a real problem for us," she continued. 

Cannon, who is RealClearPolitics's Washington bureau chief, used the example of the media narrative that was built up around an incident at the Lincoln Memorial last month, in which there appeared to be a standoff between Kentucky high school students wearing "Make America Great Again" hats, and other demonstrators, at the March For Life and Indigenous Peoples' March. 

"I think it's an existential threat, and in some ways, it's something we've generated. The Washington Post, The New York Times, and CNN did not have to run stories on a video that was ... an anonymous video from the Lincoln Memorial," Cannon said. 

"In my day, any editor Jodi and I would have worked for would say 'well, what's the other side?' and [we'd] say 'well, we can't reach them, they're on a school bus,' 'well, you have to wait,' " he continued. "Nobody is forcing us to do this."

Video clips circulating around social media last month appeared to show students from Covington Catholic harassing and taunting Native American elder Nathan Phillips. 

However, additional footage and reports emerging later appeared to show that Phillips approached student Nicholas Sandmann after other protesters started hassling the students.

— Julia Manchester