Friday, April 19, 2013

Video of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects

By Michael J.W. Stickings

As the Times reports, "[i]n a direct appeal for help from the public, the F.B.I. on Thursday released pictures and video of two young men who officials believe may be responsible for the explosions that killed three people and wounded more than 170 during the Boston Marathon."

I hope the FBI is right and that these are in fact credible suspects. Not becasue of who they are -- we don't know who they are -- but because, well, enough with the reckless and irresponsible "reporting" of "suspects" who turn out to be nothing of the sort.

CNN blew it with some bad reporting the other day, but at least John King et al. didn't identify specific people. (And I've noticed that CNN has been very careful since then, actually doing some responsible work.) For that, for the very worst "reporting" of all, just turn to the New York Post, which reported on "photos being distributed by law-enforcement officials among themselves," even putting a photo of two "potential suspects" on its front page under the typically outlandish heading "BAG MEN," no doubt thinking it had a coup in the whole rush to be first nonsense that plagues the media generally, then later pulled back after the two men were cleared, but not with any sort of mea culpa retraction and while still running wild with what its "sources" were saying, clearly having learned nothing at all, or perhaps just not giving a shit. By the way, one of the two young men, the guy in the blue track outfit, turns out to be a local high school kid who, yes, runs track. But of course as a Moroccan-American he looks the terrorist part to the right-wing idiots/bigots at the Post.

Anyway, enough of all that. Here's the FBI video of the two real suspects:

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