Unintended Consequences Of False Media Stories



The BBC are continuing down the road of pointing the finger of blame at white, far right groups or individuals  and other domestic possible candidates for the Boston bombing…..you have to ask on what evidence?….other than the coincidence of the date of the attack there is nothing else to go on.

The German centre left publication Süddeutsche Zeitung writes:

“Hysteria is the triumph of terror, but America has responded remarkably unhysterically to the bombs in Boston. This demonstrates a new maturity.’

Shame the BBC haven’t displayed the same maturity as they rush to judgement for their own reasons.


The New York Post says this photo has apparently been released by US authorities in the course of the investigation:


Now there is absolutely no evidence that these two were involved in any way…but it shows that the following claim by Frank Gardner is, er, somewhat premature and that the investigation is still open to many possible scenarios.


The Telegraph has noted that a ‘witch hunt’ is in progress for the culprits…it can’t help when the BBC join in…..


FrankGardner has made up his mind though….it’s a Redneck Rampage:


‘So what lines is the Boston investigation following and why?

A home-grown US operator with a domestic agenda

As of Wednesday, this is thought to be the most likely culprit.

The FBI maintains a long list of potential threats emanating from US individuals or groups harbouring violent intentions towards the federal government, civil organisations, or society in general.

The list includes white racial supremacists, fundamentalist Christian extremists, animal rights activists and anti-abortionists. So-called “lone wolf” operators – individuals not belonging to any known terrorist group – are far harder for the authorities to detect and track.’


Perhaps Frank Gardner should read the FBI’s own statement:

Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.


Where’s the evidence for his claim?

He has no evidence to back it up but here the same lack of evidence is used to deny the involvement of Jihadists:

‘America has long been their favoured target, but there are reasons to question whether this was the work of jihadists.

There is no suicide element, the explosive used was relatively low power and, most importantly, there has been no claim of responsibility.’



As far as I am aware no such statement has been made by US officials as to the effect that this is a domestically inspired attack.  As the New York Times says today they are pursuing a broad range of avenues…..

While investigators have focused on the images of the possible suspect, they are continuing to pursue a broad range of other avenues, one law enforcement official said.

“We try not to get tunnel vision about it,” the official said, adding, “we’re working a lot of other possibilities.”’

‘Tunnel Vision’…the trouble with the BBC is that they only see one thing at the end of that tunnel…an angry white man.

Such quick and easy judgements based on pure conjecture with a good dose of wishful thinking thrown in for good measure sparks off the usual witch hunts against the Right which if it happened to Muslims the BBC would be outraged about.

The BBC feeds that frenzied witch hunt  by making claims that have absolutely no truth to them at the time made.   The bombers could well be over taxed, angry white men, or it could have been Jihadists or anyone with a grudge about something.

We don’t know, even the US government probably doesn’t know yet…and the BBC certainly doesn’t know.

A perfect example of how this type of reporting gives the excuse to anyone with a bee in their bonnet to whip a frenzied attack on the Right  is an article from ‘Salon’:

Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American


This is an incredibly partisan, highly ideological, not to mention intensely racist tract.

It suggests that white, right wing groups do not get the same attention as for example Muslim groups do.

Really? Tell that to the FBI:

‘The FBI will continue to enhance its crucial partnerships with federal, state, local, tribal, and foreign law enforcement agencies; other members of the U.S. intelligence community; and the private sector to combat the unrelenting threat of domestic terrorism.’


If you have ever looked at the list of what constitutes a likely terrorist in the US it covers just about anyone who has said anything about government being too big, or taxes too high or mentions the Constitution….white, Christian, anti-abortion, animal rights activists are all targeted….fly the US flag upside down and you get arrested as a terrorist….or having a missing finger, shaving your beard off, paying with cash, bulk buying food:



Read Der Spiegel and you will know that the Neo-Nazis are under constant observation and security attention in Germany.  In the UK  the EDL et al in this country are the subject of similar attention from the security services.

The Far Right in no way has a ‘free pass’ to do as it likes nor a ‘get out of jail free card’.

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31 Responses to Unintended Consequences Of False Media Stories

  1. George R says:

    ‘Fox News’:-

    “Al Qaeda ‘fingerprints’ on Boston bombing?”

    (6 min video clip.)



    • Alan says:

      Odd the BBC not report the Saudi national being deported on security grounds….

      ‘An “event” was created on this guy three days ago. An event is a file. The file contains his deportation record and the reason he is being deported. According to ICE the reason is under section 212 3B — “Security and related grounds” — “Terrorist activities”
      3. His visa has been revoked.’



      • noggin says:

        hey bbc you were right, sure look like ole whitey breivik republican mcveigh .waco stylee… erm saudi? types to me.

        hmm no one has been arrested, but all Saudis have been cleared?
        After Kerrys closed meeting , the other day, now Barack Obama has unplanned meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister today?

        as i posted the other day, looks like the “fix” ala benghazi is in


        • noggin says:

          this gentleman is going to be deported? …… on security reasons?
          yet … there is an almost feverish clamour for “any info no matter how small”, in connection with the bombing? …
          well he was there, blood on clothing/powder burns, at the scene, could he hold information?, did he see anything? the bomber perhaps?, you know …
          “information, no matter how small”
          that could come to light, in a week, two weeks, what ever … as sometimes happens … the pictures released show someone looking middle eastern. and
          someone rather swarthy in appearance.
          arabic people nearly always notice each other, it is the islamic way, particulary if abroad … no interest at all to CIA/FBI?
          rather sadly, their also known to overtly cover for each other? … no interest to anyone? … hmmm


  2. Ian Rushlow says:

    The bizarre, racist, anti-white rave of David Sirota in The Salon (“Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American”) isn’t even accurate. He claims that “white dudes” are mainly responsible for mass shootings in the USA. Really? How about such recent shootings as: Oikos University 2/4/2012, 7 killed by One L. Goh; Su Jung Health Sauna 22/2/2012, 5 killed by Jeong Soo Paek; IHOP shooting 6/9/2011, 5 killed by Eduardo Sencion; Hartford Distributors 3/8/2010, 8 killed by Omar Shariff Thornton; Fort Hood 5/11/2009, 13 killed by Nidal Malik Hasan; Binghamton 3/4/2009, 14 killed by Jiverly Wong; Virginia Tech Massacre 16/4/2007, 32 killed by Seung-Hui Cho. And that’s by no means an exhaustive or selective list.


  3. Guest Who says:

    In the febrile aftermath of terrorist attacks, I can see value in the authorities prioritising on the basis of what is ‘likely’.
    The same cannot be said of the hopes of ‘reporters’ in name only.
    It’s a numbers game. Out of all the guesses, one will be proven right, and this person will be deemed a sage.
    None of those who took a punt and missed will suffer any consequences.
    Leaving them free to do the same again, in hope of winning the title for a while, next time.


  4. Alan says:

    Even Katty Kay has words of advice for Gardner:

    @KattyKayBBC via Twitter

    A lot of confusion surrounding Boston investigation right now. A real reminder to exercise caution in reporting.


    • Guest Who says:

      I was going to concede these were wise words, but given they are from an in-theory professional, seasoned ‘news’ reporter, they demanded closer scrutiny by her feeling the need to utter them.
      Most events that are newsworthy (beyond #prasnews cut and paste jobs, and even then..) probably involve a variety of surrounding factors, of which confusion is but one.
      I’d be intrigued as to what circumstances the BBC’s finest feel only ‘normal’ caution will suffice in their ‘reporting’.
      It may come as some surprise to Ms. Kay that if almost anything is ‘reported’ these days, and especially by the BBC, this may be better viewed more as a starting point at best.


    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      Katty was speculating on air along with all the rest of them earlier this week.


    • noggin says:

      “ironsides” gardner strikes again eh!
      the man with the journalistic reverse “midas touch”
      one imagines that if all around him, are screaming “allahu ackba” he ll be looking for the link to the BNP.
      ironsides and lard … a tv series up and coming


  5. David Lamb says:

    We can safely predict that the BBC will not be pursuing the story about guy arrested for sending ricin. http://twitpic.com/ck456z


  6. k920 says:

    how desperate do you think the bbc and the lefties will get to cover up this islamic terrorist attack in boston,here is a idea for them.say it was 2 white guys browning themselfs up as a disguise,case solved.


  7. Amounderness Lad says:

    Just being mischievous but the Boston Bombings happened on the anniversary of the birth of the Illustrious Founder of the North Korean Dynasty, Kim Il Sung but of course the current peace loving leader of NK would never contemplate any kind of attack on the Mainland United States, would he? But even if that wild idea were a reasonable possibility would the Beeb be as anxious to point the finger in that direction as they are with their wishful thinking that the culprits could only be right wing fanatics of some form?


  8. thoughtful says:



    Compare & contrast the two images, the poor quality one which the bBC have chosen appears to show two Caucasian white males where the NYT clearly shows them to be of middle eastern / SW Asian origin.

    Is the bBC up to its politically correct tricks again?


  9. Albaman says:

    “…………….. the poor quality one which the bBC have chosen appears to show two Caucasian white males ……………”. The photographs used are those most recently released by the FBI. Are you suggesting that the FBI photographs should be ignored?


  10. AngusPangus says:

    Latest picture of “white hat guy”



  11. london calling says:

    If anyone want to know the latest about what is going on, there is a better source than unreliable HankPanky posts on bBC
    Its called Fox News.



  12. AngusPangus says:

    Perhaps ironically, IF the marathon bombing turns out to be a “jihadist” attack, “black hat guy” confirmed expired at the Beth Israel hospital. 🙂

    Hospital confirming blast trauma, thermal and shrapnel injuries, to the whole of the man’s trunk, as well as gunshot wounds.


  13. pah says:

    “black hat guy” confirmed expired at the Beth Israel hospital.

    Oh the irony.

    How long before some nut job claims that they didn’t try to save his life ‘cos they is Jooooooooose’?


  14. thoughtful says:

    Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26

    Somehow those don’t sound like a pair of good ‘ol boys !

    National security and law enforcement officials said they were leaning toward the theory that the bombings were motivated by Islamist extremism.