Published: mic (April 20, 2013)
Now that the world knows that the Boston Marathon bombers were Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, let’s take a moment to reflect on who was NOT responsible.
It wasn’t that Saudi Arabian guy who was blamed on the first day. It wasn’t the tall skinny guy in the blue shirt whose picture was plastered all over the New York Post, nor was it his friend. Most important of all, it wasn’t every single Muslim in America.
I make the first two observations because, in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist act, media organizations irresponsibly jumped on any fragment of a hint they could find as to the perpetrator’s identity. As a result, several innocent men were pre-emptively identified as possible suspects by the media before full information had been provided.