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MEDIA: Arrogant analysis of the Boston bombing

Letter by Edward L. Kreamer, Tacoma on April 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm | No Comments »
April 22, 2013 12:51 pm

We now know who the murderers re who planted the bombs killing and injuring innocent people at the Boston Marathon. Until now we have been treated to the arrogant media – print and electronic – telling us that the culprits are most likely right-wingers who are angry at the government because of taxes (MSNBC). Or the fervent hope that the perp was a white man and not a Muslim (Slate).

Really? It reminds me of the instant analysis on ABC that the shooter at the Colorado movie theater might have ties with the tea party. Or that the shooting in Tucson might be the work of a right-winger who was under the hypnotic spell of Sarah Palin (CNN). And of course we all remember the political cartoon a few years ago that brought The News Tribune to its knees blaming talk radio for the Oklahoma City bombing.

It is well past time for the media to do a bit of introspection as to its own biases and how the news is reported, and maybe why most Americans are getting our news from alternate sources.

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