The New York Post, owned by Rupert Murdoch through News Corp., is on a ‘dark-skinned‘ witch-hunt in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Days after wrongly reporting that 12 people were killed in the twin bomb blast, their front page today wrongly claims the two men pictured are being sought by the FBI. Deadspin rips the NY Post to shreds in scathing rebuke:
On Tuesday, CNN (among others) reported that a suspect had been arrested, before walking that all the way back. Today, the Postwrests back the “what the fuck are you doing?” crown by putting two “potential suspects” on the cover of the newspaper. They are most assuredly innocent. The pair show up in multiple photos of the finish line. They carry large bags. They are dark-skinned. This was enough for internet sleuths to peg them as suspicious. And that was apparently enough for the Post to run with its front-page story today, claiming investigators are circulating photos of the two.
But maybe there was a reason for them to be at the marathon, wearing track jackets and carrying bags: they’re runners. The kid in the blue jacket is a middle-distance runner at Revere High School. Last week he ran the two-mile in 11:20. Yesterday he caught wind that his name and social media profiles were being circulated online, and he did what any teenager would do: He panicked. He made his Facebook timeline private, and in one message now no longer visible, he announced he was going to clear his name.
I am also appalled that CNN’s John King could throw a ‘dark-skinned’ dart knowing that it would cause outrage. I have long been a fan of Anderson Cooper and have found him to be a good journalist. He repeated what was told to him. John King got it wrong twice — the darker-skinned or black male wearing a black hoodie BOLO (be on the lookout) and that a suspect had been arrested. No wonder he lost his show on the network. I tried to find that BOLO on the law enforcement agencies in Boston’s websites and couldn’t. Many are expecting that a Muslim is the perpetrator in the Boston Marathon bombing, but they have quickly forgotten white people like Timothy McVeigh, Eric Rudolph and Ted Kaczynski were also deemed domestic terrorists?
Dark-Skinned Witch-Hunt, the NY Post’s cover page: