Today we got to see a frenzy in full force. CNN, citing various official sources, claimed there had been an arrest in the Boston Marathon bombing. The Boston Globe, citing CNN, re-iterated the same. The AP, citing G-d knows what because I didn’t read their story, claimed an arrest was imminent. Then the national news outlets got in on the job and it was too late; anything even resembling a fact was going to die a lonely, forgotten death. TV news trucks and serious looking reporters littered the streets of Boston, making it even more impossible than usual to find a parking spot. Or, as our good friend Spike Milligan wrote, “Nothing happened but it happened frequently.”
On the plus side, we did get some humor out of the whole thing:
- Karen Gadbois
@kareng: Let’s see what the NY Post has to say about the arrests so we will know what is incorrect.
- Tim Siedell
@badbanana: Close only counts in horseshoes and CNN coverage.
- Ivy Chat
@ivychat: NY Post reporting that Boston officials have already executed a suspect.
- Columbia Jrn Review
@CJR sigh And even as I write this another frenzy is in the offing, “RT (I should have known better than to doubt Pete Williams. That’s like doubting the sun will rise.) @JesseRodriguez: NBC’s Pete Williams: Arrest made in potential ricin letters case.” The media has the institutional memory of a mayfly on crystal meth.