CNN Reliable Sources host and Daily Beast media marvel Howard Kurtz: MSNBC made the curious decision to let Al Sharpton, no one’s idea of a breaking-news specialist, take the reins from Chris Matthews when his hour came up. The reverend was assisted by Mike Barnicle, a former Boston columnist who at least knows the cop scene there.
Huff Post on media coverage: Fox News was first to turn to the news, with Shepard Smith anchoring coverage, with CNN quickly following. In the next five minutes, MSNBC also switched to breaking coverage. Fox News was also the first to post chilling video from the scene. A man could be heard offscreen saying, “Oh my god, they’re dead.” The network was later the first to say that there had been fatalities. MSNBC kept its coverage rolling through the 4:00 p.m. hour, replacing Martin Bashir’s show with breaking news coverage anchored by Tamron Hall.
CNN was the first to dub the explosions a “terror attack,” which it did just before 6 PM.
Related: Reporters running the Marathon ended up covering it. Huff Post.