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Boston Bombings: Speculation, Spin, and Shamelessness

Uninformed analysis from "straight news" outlets, eager as ever.

by
Tom Blumer

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April 18, 2013 - 7:43 am
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Grier, who appears to have lived for a time in Greater Boston, somehow didn’t know that this year’s race, as is typically the case, had participants and spectators from virtually all U.S. states and territories as well as over 70 foreign countries, that most of the top ten male and female finishers were from outside the U.S., and that the race is one of six “World Marathon Majors” — the marathoning equivalent of horse racing’s Triple Crown and golf’s major tournaments.

Tuesday evening, we learned from Dylan Byers at Politico that the journalistic pack is upset that the investigation into the Boston bombings hasn’t resulted in any apprehensions — but not because that might bring some solace to victims, and not because the wheels of justice and punishment would starting turning on the monsters who did this. No, what really matters is that “[a] great deal of political, financial and emotional capital depends on the answer to that question.”

Someday, we may return to the time when straight news reporters knew that getting the who, what, where, when, why (in the story subjects’ own words), and how of a story right is very hard, that it should be all-consuming, and that it leaves no time or space for amateur “analysis” and irresponsible speculation.

Until they do, they will continue to betray what should be their true calling — and us — on a daily basis.

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Along with having a decades-long career in accounting, finance, training and development, Tom Blumer has written for several national online publications primarily on business, economics, politics and media bias. He has had his own blog, BizzyBlog.com, since 2005, and has been a PJM contributor since 2008.

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Agenda Journalism is all about agenda and not much about journalism.

It doesn't need "facts" and it doesn't like witnesses. "Truthy-ness" is as good...no, better...than truth, because it doesn't rely on evidence. It only needs to conjure up it's bought and paid for agenda prostituted "experts".

It needs no logic, because it relies instead on all the fallacies of logic. Ad hominem attacks against the "usual suspects", false attribution, and existential fallacy among others.

Agenda journalism is now the new normal in our information stream. It sucks and so do its proponents.
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Here's the truth: until you start making a case for what comprises bigoted hate-speech and defamation and insist it be marginalized no matter what the race, gender or political party doing it, you're spitting into the wind here.

We end up arguing particulars while Chris Matthews and Melissa Harris-Perry, all but members of the KKK in principle hiding behind identity, make astounding racial accusations with zero proof to back them up.
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Traditional journalism and the newer 'blog' journalism is corupted from the top down. Sadest part is, that the socalled traditional journalists especially of radio and TV 'follow' the most corrupted -- the internet bloggers. Likewise, there is no shortage of the gullible in these times waiting on pins and needles for the next propaganda nugget that serves their purpose(s). When this nation lost its independent thinkers -- it lost its uniqueness and its way!
51 weeks ago
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Agenda Journalism is all about agenda and not much about journalism.

It doesn't need "facts" and it doesn't like witnesses. "Truthy-ness" is as good...no, better...than truth, because it doesn't rely on evidence. It only needs to conjure up it's bought and paid for agenda prostituted "experts".

It needs no logic, because it relies instead on all the fallacies of logic. Ad hominem attacks against the "usual suspects", false attribution, and existential fallacy among others.

Agenda journalism is now the new normal in our information stream. It sucks and so do its proponents.
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The first thing that has struck me as a real clue is the use of pressure cookers. They are the best readily available container to build an IED using readily available chemicals because they confine the slower rate of explosion long enough to make it lethal. Pressure cookers are used in the third world to make IEDs - not just in Muslim countries. Source: Michael Yon. Begin speculation: The Times Square bomber was an incompetent bomb maker and it could well be that a Muslim who wanted to do freelance Jihad might have decided that pressure cooker IEDs with lots a nails and BBs were the way to go. The directions are on the net. This doesn't sound like these guys were sent in by Al Qaeda like Mohammed Atta Co, but are small time locals with some kind of ax to grind, perhaps Muslim, perhaps not. My point is that this attack LOOKS LIKE the next logical step in competence from pervious freelance jihadis or others with that indiscriminate level of motivation.
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And it could equally have been an American who picked pressure cookers for the same reasons. I have yet to see anything that really points to outside actors. Even the pictures being passed around aren't conclusive of anything except being two guys with backpacks/bags.
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You know what points to "outside actors"?

That it was done. If you assume Islamism as the motivation for a terrorist attack on a public event in the US, Europe, and the Middle East, the odds you're correct are something like 90% of the time.
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If I were an innocent face in the crowd and my likeness suddenly spread all over the world with suggestions that I might have been responsible or a participant, I'd be suing....
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The New York Post has published the photos of what it claims are the two suspects (even though the authorities have requested this not to be done). With social media, instant pics/text, how are leaks to be stopped? It's now a lost cause.
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Funny how the authorities have requested they not be published. It was them who gave the Post the pictures.
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I don't think the Post got the pics from the police -- it appears to come from a crowd shot that was uploaded onto the Internet. (And the Post simply zooms in and identifies two men as the alleged "suspects." If they have id'd the wrong persons, I think there could very well be a lawsuit.)
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Who would you sue? It appears that those pictures hit the Web before the authorities had a chance to comment on them. Go over to the Daily Telegraph - tons of pictures, many more than CNN or any other American news outlet has shown. They include speculation about the two guys we've all seen now, plus another guy with shredded pants who's shown "fleeing the scene." All these pics came from the Web - from cell phones, video cameras, etc.

What we have here is almost an electronic hue and cry. Hard to say who started it. Hard to know who to sue.
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I have hopes that eventually people will recognize the irresponsibility shown by the Main Stream Media (Liberal Propaganda Machine) and disregard their ravings more than they do now.

My cousin sent me this quote, I'm not sure if it's genuine but it certainly reflects the way I feel:

Quote Of The Year

"We Americans are so tired of being thought of as dumb-a**es by the rest of the world that we went to the polls last November and removed all doubt." --Clint Eastwood
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Three people die in Boston BIG TRAGEDY.

Ten Times that die in Texas, NO ONE CARES!
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Not as many journalists come from Texas.
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1. The Texas explosion is all over the front pages of all the news websites.

2. It's not discussed as much here because it's probably an accident and has no political implications.
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Political implication: Why did the EPA, DHS, etc., or Texas equivalents, allow what could be alternatively labeled an explosives factory to be located in a neighborhood with institutions such as a nursing home close by?
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Why should the government be at fault? I thought 'conservatives' wanted the government to essentially go away. If they're so stupid over in Teaxs to build an essentially bomb factory in a residential and school area then sobeit -- the consequences too. The conservatives can't have it both ways and have any legitimacy.
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That's just the usual BS. After any accident, people start asking how "the authorities" could have "allowed" it to happen and what they can do to prevent the next one.

Boston is different.
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Yes, people start asking how and whose fault and could the government have prevented this. We call the latter a political implication. You sound like Hillary: "What difference does it make?"
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Boston is the same; "The Authorities" wanted the venue to be
neat, clean and customer -ah, spectator- friendly, so they put
trash bins everywhere and allowed backpacks, making bomb
placement a no-brainer, and guess what ?
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The trash bins there are designed with possible bombs in mind; they're made to channel any explosion upwards, not outwards. They put them in post 9/11.
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Be aware of all unattended packages. Basic Civil Defense.
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I remember being on the subway in London in the 1980's during the troubles when the IRA were doing their terror. Everywhere were signs warning about suspicious packages
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