Pretty much the definition of a losing game to weigh in this, but: are you joking?
To back up a moment, the outlines of this story are:
-A random anonymous Twitter user posts (intentionally) inaccurate information about Sandy
-Credible news sources take the information and run with it
-The anonymous Twitter user is “outed” and threatened with prosecution
In his Intel post, Adam Martin notes in passing that the error-filled tweets “are the kinds of things that make their way into news reports”. But these things do not “make their way” into anything. Reporters put them there. You don’t snatch information from a rando Twitter account and then blame the rando Twitter account for your choice to disseminate rumors.
This is embarrassing for everyone involved, but it’s not a story. Twitter is full of terrible people who can be blamed for many things. Reporters doing slipshod work under pressure is not one of those things.