Incompetence of the media is not a conspiracy, it is business as normal.
I don’t know why anybody should be surprised that rumors fly while such events are in progress and immediately afterward, and that a very great many of them turn out to be inaccurate.
I believe in a slightly different context it’s called “the fog of war.”
In the MSM it’s made much worse by a desperate need to have something to report, and even more to be the first to report it. Any outlet that acted responsibly and reported that they really didn’t know yet would immediately lose its audience to one that was reporting something, even if it later turned out to be wrong.
Not to worry. As soon as they have the complete story lined up the way they “need” it to line up they’ll give us the “real”story. (Slight cough of B*** S***! in to hand.) The msm, as usual, boned this whole thing up from the git-go. The old “I had my hand raised first” syndrome. In the end, everybody gets a trophy. Maybe even a pull-it-sir prize or two.