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TOPIC: Boston Bombing Suspect said "dark skinned male"

Boston Bombing Suspect said "dark skinned male" 21 Apr 2013 17:46 #2609

  • chrysac
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Again in the media we have reporters publicly jumping to accusations tying the Boston bomber suspect(s) to Islam, middle eastern culture, and trying to re-created the panic of 9-11 all over again. During an interview on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, a CNN reporter, John King, first described the Boston bombing suspect as a, "dark-skinned male."

CNN irresponsibly reports bombing suspect as a "dark skinned male"

During the statement made by John King, he even made multiple statements like, "I want to be careful about this, because people get very sensitive when you say these things," regarding the statement of accusation against the suspects skin color. Whyyyy do these kinds of accusations have to be made by the press? To sell papers and tv show airtime? Yellow journalism stems from inaccurate and misleading falsified and even completely made up information to scare, arouse, and ignite readers into buying-in to these types of dramatic stories. I am saddened to have heard the reports come out about the possible identity of any Boston bombing suspect being immediately related to those of Jihad, Islam, middle eastern descent, and "dark skin". The use of these stereotypes lead the United States public to racially profile any persons who do not fit the white skin, blue-eyed, blonde hair 1940's "Wholesome American" profile.

Even though the two suspects, one 26 year old man having been shot to death by police and the other 19 year old male suspect injured and hospitalized, are of Russian descent the media is still playing up their families Muslim religion. According to Daily Mail, questions are arising regarding the adequacy of the U.S's intelligence community. It has been reported that Russia asked the USA's FBI to investigate the older 26 year old Tamerian Tsarnaev just six months prior to the Boston bombind. The FBI failed to spot the national security threat posed by suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhokhar, despite the repeated warnings that Tamerlan met six times with an Islamic militant.

"Rep. Michael McCaul, the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called it 'disturbing' that the Chechen immigrant was 'on the FBI radar' in 2011 but was deemed to not be a risk to national security." I too think this is strange and calls for some unearthing of answers to many important questions... one being, did the US have former knowledge of the planned attacks and just like 9-11 did they allow these attacks to take place?
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Boston Bombing Suspect said "dark skinned male" 29 Apr 2013 01:40 #2767

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I completely agree with your point. As soon as anything like this happens, people immediately start making accusations and using stereotypes to point fingers at other people. I read this article last week about this exact topic and it shed light on just how judgmental our culture is. The article highlighted many tweets from people who were using very offensive language about muslims and middle easterners. I think it is so crucial for the media to make sure they don't just throw around words like 'dark skinned' or 'middle eastern' if they are not sure about it because it creates this uproar from many judgmental people.


I have included the article that highlighted tweets made by people.
publicshaming.tumblr.com/post/4809347015...e-boston-marathon-on
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Boston Bombing Suspect said "dark skinned male" 05 May 2013 18:26 #2839

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The way CNN covered the Boston bombings was pretty awful. I know you have an audience that wants instantaneous information and what-not, but speculative race-baiting with half-confirmed evidence from a random uncredited source is irresponsible news reporting. Another bit of racial profiling occurred right at the scene, where a saudi man was tackled by a citizen and then arrested by police, because he was running away from the bomb. If you're brown-skinned, you're supposed to run towards it, I guess. Just another example of how racism operates.
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