Brooke on the Bombing Coverage

Friday, April 19, 2013


Though the Boston Marathon bombing happened less than a week ago, the coverage has already had a month's worth of twists and turns. Brooke reviews the sometimes-unsteady media coverage of recent developments in the case.

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Brooke Gladstone

Comments [10]

Brian Pearl from Los Angeles, CA

Reddit is largely responsible for this. Leave the police work to the police, not social media.

Apr. 25 2013 03:55 PM

Curious as to what you think. I live in Cambridge, MA. I Found it interesting/disturbing that the younger suspect, when first pictured, looked wide-eyed and young—as he was. (disclosure: I am a former Cambridge public school parent). In the following days, the dominant photo was an image that showed him with a sidelong glance, half-closed eyes, somewhat of a moustache, a little more 'ethnic' as though there was a specific attempt to make him look more dangerous.

Apr. 23 2013 06:25 PM
Mike DeLong from Santa Fe, NM USA

This segment is a prime example of what we love about On The Media.

Apr. 22 2013 06:00 PM

I find it curious but not surprising that you failed to examine the performance of Dina Temple Raston and her part in speculating on who may be responsible. She was salivating at the prospect that it was right wing extremists.

Also, couldn't you have found one listener that wasn't a "NPR junkie" for comments. Where is the objectivity.

We must protect the home team!!

Apr. 22 2013 09:58 AM
Lisa from Northern Virginia

Thank you for this story. You covered most of the topics that were irritating me about the media coverage of the bombings. You also gave me a perspective I was missing - the need for people to come together.

Apr. 22 2013 08:46 AM
Thatwood B. Telling from The Village

I was surprised to find that John King's mistake was ignored on this week's show. To tell CNN's viewers that at least one of the suspects the police were looking for was "dark-skinned," in the absence of further physically descriptive details, was a breech of a long established journalistic rule. Even if it had been accurate information, it would still have been pointless and inflammatory.

Possibly the worst of the worst this week ... but not worth mentioning at OTM. Very disappointing.

Apr. 21 2013 11:16 PM
John Griffin from Libert, NC

I watched some of the coverage on TV and on the radio.I agree with the over coverage of rumors. There was one rummor I only heard once or twice on Tuesday. The rummor was "Homeland Security Secretary" Napalitano saying
that since the bombings occured on April 15 "Tax Day". The persons resonsible had to be homegrown "white men" that hated the government and Pres Obama. That was a missspaek was apparently wrong.

Apr. 21 2013 04:33 PM
April Taylor

Links to local news were discouraged by this group. I think it's relevant if it's helpful, not just trying to be famous. The Spokane police chief was talking about additional safety measures for Bloomsday, a local running event. He also reiterated the experience when we had a bomb scare last MLK day. Observant people noticed, the parade was rerouted, the bomb retrieved, and the person prosecuted.

Apr. 21 2013 01:46 AM
Keith Otis Edwards from Detroit

Every news salesperson is eager to post any rumor without confirmation, because they all wish to be the first to break a story. The worst example of this was the New York Times blog which posted the "story" that the Boston City Hall had been evacuated, and that black SUVs (perhaps containing the perpetrator) had arrived.

I notice that the NYT site has modified their map of Watertown to eliminate the report that the Tsarnaevs had robbed a Quickee Mart.

Apr. 20 2013 11:58 PM
Mark Sullivan

Friday night's coverage of the capture of "Suspect Number 2" by the media was underwhelming. Hour after hour was filled with talking heads displaying their prejudices. Surprisingly Fox News was not the most outrageous network when it came to unfounded statements from their talking heads. Thank God for cable, reruns and Disney were a much better investment of my time.

Apr. 20 2013 10:04 AM

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