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Cable networks push into the San Bernardino shooters’ apartment and show sensitive evidence on live TV

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Members of the media crowd into a child’s room in an apartment in Redlands, Calif., shared by San Bernardino shooting rampage suspects Syed Farook and…
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Several cable news stations—including MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News—gained access to the apartment of Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the dead suspects in the San Bernardino mass shooting, and broadcast live video of reporters rummaging through their personal belongings.

At one point, MSNBC reporters broadcast live video of Farook’s mother’s driver’s license and other sensitive information:

The surreal turn of events featured a CNN legal analyst denouncing the reporters’ actions, even as the network showed its own reporters rooting through the apartment. The press “turned a crime scene in a terrorist mass murder into a garage sale,” CNN’s Paul Callen said.

It’s unclear whether the reporters had permission to enter the shooters’ apartment. The building’s landlord initially said he let the reporters in to the apartment, but later said he did not.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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