Jumping to Delusions: Media Damage Their Reputations Covering Boston Marathon Bombings
Numerous media outlets jumped on the horrific Boston marathon bombings to levy unfounded accusations and smear-job insinuations that “right-wing” extremists and even the GOP were possibly responsible.
At least two dead and 130 injured in two major explosions? Time to attack our political enemies? How about we report what actually happened and stop speculating.
This is becoming common practice in the mainstream media; particularly over the last four years. Whenever there is a tragedy, before researching what happened, even supposedly credible outlets decide to attack their ideological opponents.
Here is CNN’s Wolf Blitzer musing aloud on air if Patriot’s Day had anything to do with the bombings and allowing his guest Mike Brooks to wander into this territory in unwarranted fashion:
“It is a state holiday in Massachusetts today called Patriots’ Day and, uh, who knows if that had anything at all to do with these explosions.”
CNN’s national security analyst Peter Bergen goes off about right-wing terrorists, etc.:
Bergen told CNN anchor Jake Tapper:
“I’m reminded of Oklahoma City, which was a bombing, which was initially treated as a gas explosion. First reports are often erroneous [note irony]… If it was more conventional explosives, which are much harder to get hold of now — that might be some other kind of right-wing extremist. … We’ve also seen, for instance, right-wing groups trying to attack the Martin Luther King parade in Oregon in 2010.”
Of course, we have the obligatory Chris Matthews and MSNBC smear of the far-right, err… extremists:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me ask you about domestic terrorism as a category. Normally, domestic terrorists, people tend to be on the far right, well that’s not a good category, just extremists, let’s call them that. Do they advertise after they do something like this? Do they try to get credit as a group or do they just hate America so much or its politics or its government that they just want to do the damage, they don’t care if they get public credit, if you will?
MICHAEL LEITER: What we’ll see over the coming couple hours and days is lots of people taking credit for this. We’ll probably have al-Qaeda take credit for it. We’ll have domestic terrorists take credit for it. And it will be the responsibility of the FBI and the Boston police to figure out if any of those are actually real cases like Timothy McVeigh destroying the Oklahoma City courthouse federal building; no one took credit for that. So it might be some time or never that someone actually takes credit for this. Lots of people will say they were responsible for it.
MATTHEWS: I was just thinking, again, it’s early; it’s an early situation, but going after the Kennedy Library, not something at Bunker Hill, not something from the freedom trail or anything that kind of historic, but a modern political figure of the Democratic Party. Does that tell you anything?
Then we have major online news outlets and blogs. Let’s start with the New York Times‘ Nicholas Kristof, who seized on the opportunity to slam the GOP for not confirming whomever Obama put up for ATFE director:
We have Huffington Post blogger and a producer of MSNBC host Al Sharpton’s show Nida Khan with her precious thoughts about anti-government groups:
Who knows? So why write it?
Next, Esquire.com had a blog post from Charles Pierce that was picked up on by a lot of observers:
DailyKooks is well, the DailyKooks, doubting that an Islamist could be responsible and making the inevitable Oklahoma City bombing ref:
Slate.com wrote an entire blog post “The Significance of Patriot’s Day“. The following is just an excerpt:
Remarkably, the author Abby Ohlheiser fails to pick up that three of these four tragedies had nothing to do with right-wing extremists or “Patriot’s Day”; three cases are not technically terrorism, and the fourth case of the Oklahoma City bombing is plausibly one case of right-wing terrorism.
Politico didn’t fail to use the bombing to connect the race to the Sandy Hook shooting:
There are unconfirmed reports that a Saudi national is a person of interest under guard and Gateway Pundit has it on word from a trusted source that the Boston police could have video showing the subject dropping bombs into garbage cans. We may know soon enough the identity of the terrorist(s).
Apparently, the media didn’t learn anything from ABC allowing Brian Ross to tie the Aurora shooter James Holmes to the tea party. Unfounded speculation about the left’s political enemies is irresponsible and it is being documented.
No one seems to be musing if eco-terrorists like ELF or ALF could be responsible, even though Earth Day is coming up. Note that regardless of who the perpetrator(s) of this heinous crime turns out to be, no one will even remotely find conservative blogs speculating if radical groups are responsible for such domestic terrorist attacks without substantive evidence.