When Tabloids Take Advantage…

 

The British tabloid the Sun said of this photo of the horrific Boston bombing:

“This chilling image shows a mystery figure lurking on a rooftop – as a bomb blast rips through the Boston Marathon finishing line below. The person does not seem to react as the ground-floor of the building erupts into flames following the second explosion. It was not immediately clear whether the figure on the roof had anything to do with the terror attack. But some claim it raises the unnerving possibility that a perpetrator watched on as the street-level carnage was unleashed.”

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This is both fear mongering, and bad journalism.

Almost every word written is plain wrong:

“a mystery figure” – You mean mysterious.

“lurking on a rooftop” – Or walking. Definitely looks like they’re walking.

“This person does not seem to react…” – The bomb is exploding at the exact millisecond of the shot so no-one has done more than turn their heads. The figure is also too far away for us to tell if they are in fact reacting. Finally the explosion also appears to be out the figure’s sight line.

“It was not immediately clear” – You just changed tense. I think you mean it “it is not clear”. It also wasn’t clear then, and probably won’t be clear for quite a while.

“whether the figure on the roof had anything to do with the terror attack.” – The mystery figure. Or mysterious. Whatever Sun.

“Some claim…” – Anyone in particular?

“It raises the unnerving possibility” – It might, possibly, could be something, but it might not.

“that perpetrator watched on as the street-level carnage was unleashed.” Whether they watched is probably the least unnerving part of the whole horrible tragedy. Again this figure probably didn’t because it’s out of their sight line.

Shame on you Sun.

My thoughts remain with the everyone caught up in this horrible tragedy. May they all heal with the help of thoughtful words and kindness from others.

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