Media Controversies: Boston Marathon Bombings
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Media Controversies: Boston Marathon Bombings
The initial media coverage during the Boston Marathon Bombing can be considered as inaccurate and irresponsible. Media outlets published stories which were untrue and pinned the act on various ethnic groups before any hard evidence was found. These rash accusations caused a myriad of hate speech and racism throughout social media networks, and in turn throughout society in the U.S. News sources should be held accountable for stirring up this kind of hatred. They can retract their stories and issue an apology to bad reporting; however, they cannot retract the publics reaction to their misleading headlines and stories and therefore should be put on the spotlight.
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On Boston bombing, media are wrong - again

On Boston bombing, media are wrong - again | Media Controversies: Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
Four months after the error-riddled reporting on the massacre at Sandy Hill Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., there was a major media malfunction in the coverage of a mega-story: the Boston bombing.
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News outlets should really pay more attention to what they are publishing, not only do their misleading reports have a negative effect on the mentality of so many americans but also, their credibility as a news source is lowered.  Is it really worth it to jump the gun and distribute news just to be first?  I truly do not see anything positive coming from their irresponsible actions.

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GOP Blames Boston Marathon Attack on Muslims, Immigrants

"Monday night during his BlazeTV show, Glenn Beck offered his thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombings and who might have been responsible. He rejected the n...
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Here's another video from The Young Turks which points out the media's attempt to "frame peoples way of thinking about it".  By mentioning Al Qaeda and terrorism, viewers automatically link them to the Boston Bombings.

Media outlets should be held accountable for framing the way people think about ceartain events.  In doing this, masses of people are led into a downward spiral of ignorance and the populus of the United States renforces negative and false stereotypes about immigrants and muslims.

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CNN Busted for WRONG Boston Marathon Arrest Report

"CNN on Wednesday backtracked after badly botching a report that a "dark-skinned male" had been arrested in connection with the Monday bombings of the Boston...
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This video highlights CNN's bad coverage of the Boston Bombings.  News outlets need to be reliable and more responsible when breaking news occurs.  During an event like the Boston Bombings, as chaotic as it is, news outlets need to be very cautious when giving details about the attacks.  

Reporting via television cannot keep up with the new media such as twitter and facebook and it seems like thes outlets are trying to compensate for the inherent 'slow' speed of the older ways to distribute news by coming up with things to say in order to keep viewers engaged on their channel.

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WHITE OUT: Media Heap Suspicion On Brown People In Boston Marathon Bombing

WHITE OUT: Media Heap Suspicion On Brown People In Boston Marathon Bombing | Media Controversies: Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Hours after the Boston Marathon bombing, there was already Internet chatter that a "Saudi national" was the suspect.
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As a result of the false accusations and assumptions made by news outlets, Hatred towards anyone of middle eastern descent grows. This article is a perfect example of what can happen when the media jumps to conclusions.  Innocent people are harmed and racism and ignorance explode just as fast as the misleading articles were posted.  

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10 Most Racist Tweets About Boston Marathon Bombing

10 Most Racist Tweets About Boston Marathon Bombing | Media Controversies: Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
It didn't take very long for Twitter to explode with speculation about Arabs being behind Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon. Regardless of who's responsible, these tweets were uncalled for.
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As a result of the misleading headlines and stories published about the suspect or suspects of the bombings, the public's reactions on twitter are just as false and inapropriate.  These reactions are not retracted as quickly as the stories that caused them; they remain with the people that posted them and their hatred resonates despite their invalidity. 

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Obama has learned tough lessons on using the word 'terror'

Obama has learned tough lessons on using the word 'terror' | Media Controversies: Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
When President Barack Obama addressed the nation in the hours following Monday's Boston Marathon bombing, he did not use the word "terror," immediately raising questions.
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Unlike the response of many of mainstream medias news outlets, Barack O'bama is sure to define the words terrorism and terror.  As these words have, in the past, connoted Al Qaeda and muslim extremists, he understands that they need to be used with caution and professionalism.  

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This is CNN?

CNN nobly attempts covering the Boston terrorist manhunt.
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As we know, Jon Stewart is great at pointing out problems within Mainstream media.  Here, he shows clips of the hasty news coverage carried out by CNN.  Their reporters are seen scrambling for something to say, and the are put on air when even the slightest movement occurs.  One of the CNN reporters is even heard saying that cars are driving straight and turning right.  This kind of reporting is useless and it is the same type of reporting that sparked racism and the injuries of several immigrants.

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Bx. idiots beat up ‘Arab’ in revenge

Bx. idiots beat up ‘Arab’ in revenge | Media Controversies: Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
A Bangladeshi man out for dinner at a Bronx restaurant was viciously beaten hours after the Boston Marathon bombing by thugs who called him “a f--king Arab” before pummeling him…
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This article covers a single incident where misinformed citizens decide to attack someone soley because of their nationality.  The media should be held accountable.

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Boy, 8, one of 3 killed in bombings at Boston Marathon; scores wounded

Boy, 8, one of 3 killed in bombings at Boston Marathon; scores wounded | Media Controversies: Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
Two bombs struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, turning a celebration into a bloody scene of destruction.
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This story from CNN, states that "Investigators warned police to be on the lookout for a "darker-skinned or black male" with a possible foreign accent in connection with the attack, according to a law enforcement advisory obtained by CNN."  The main problem with the statements made in this news coverage is the lack of factual information.  The warning issued by investigators to the police is not grounded in truth and should be left for the police to worry about. It is not factual information that should be published.  Many readers got the idea that the suspects were darker skinned and therefore their feelings toward anyone of that description were changed.


Additionally, CNN reported that " a Saudi national with a leg wound was under guard at a Boston hospital in connection with the bombings, but investigators cannot say he is involved at this time and he is not in custody, a law enforcement official said Monday evening."

This statement does not add any relevant information to the story.  It only puts the idea that a man from saudi arabia could be the suspect,and as a result causing more hatred towards people in the middle east. 

The post also uses the word terrorism to describe the attacks at the Boston Marathon.  We all know that after 9/11, terrorism is a word that is attributed to Al Qaeda and extremist groups in the middle east.  The use of that word before knowing that the attacks were in fact carried out by terrorists, only touched on a sore point within U.S. society, which further stirred up hatred and remorse.

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Authorities ID person of interest as Saudi national in marathon bombings, under guard at Boston hospital

Authorities ID person of interest as Saudi national in marathon bombings, under guard at Boston hospital | Media Controversies: Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
Investigators have a suspect — a Saudi Arabian national — in the horrific Boston Marathon bombings, The Post has learned. Law enforcement sources said the 20-year-old suspect was under guard…
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Here, a story from the New York Post explains how the alleged suspect was a 20 year old with Saudi nationality.  When any media outlet is to publish a news story they should be required to have their facts straight first.  The media coverage during the Boston Bombings seems like outlets like the NY post were brainstorming with published stories, and jumping to conclusions.  Media outlets should have more restraint on the stories that they publish and focus less on creating the most revenue.  

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