Two days after the San Bernardino mass shooting, scores of reporters stormed into the home of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, two of the crime's main suspects, broadcasting live while rummaging through their personal effects.

It was completely irresponsible to start broadcasting live from the home.

Kelly McBride, vice president, The Poynter Institute

Airing images of family members and releasing sensitive material that only a few hours earlier had been part of an FBI investigation, the coverage brought the journalistic ethics of a number of news organisations into question.

Hashtags like #Thisisntjournalism were trending while reporters were still in the house, live on air.

The ensuing media coverage, which combines two big issues in the US right now - the so-called war on terror and gun control - prompted Republican presidential contender, Donald Trump, to call for a blanket ban on Muslims entering the US, while several media outlets went into a frenzy focusing on the suspects' religious beliefs as a primary motive for the killings.

Talking us through the story are: Erik Wemple, The Washington Post's media critic; Kelly McBride, the vice president of the Poynter Institute; Ali Harb, a reporter withArab American News; and NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik.

Source: Al Jazeera