NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Rudolph Giuliani asked the news media to be more careful reporting about the World Trade Center rescue operation Friday, saying wrong information is raising false hopes and endangering workers.
"Some of it can be very dangerous and emotionally damaging," he said.
He cited false reports that a potential survivor had been in contact with people by cell phone, and that 10 or 15 people were trapped alive in a store.
Media outlets reported Thursday that five firefighters trapped since Tuesday had been rescued from the trade center rubble. It later turned out that only two who were trapped in an air pocket for several hours Thursday were found alive.
Not only does false information play with the emotions of people with missing friends and relatives, it can send rescue workers on dangerous, fruitless chases, he said. He urged news organizations not to report such details until confirmed by police and FBI.
CNN anchorwoman Paula Zahn, responding on the air to Giuliani's request, noted that it has been difficult to get accurate information out of the rescue site.
"We're all trying to heed this advice," she said. "Unfortunately, everybody is being given conflicting information."
ABC, CBS, NBC and the cable networks were into their fourth day of exclusive devotion to the story on Friday.
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