I’m not sure what I can add to the extensive, and often confused, media coverage of the Boston bombing, the MIT police shooting and resulting manhunt, save to extend my condolences to the victims. As Marcy Wheeler pointed out, what differentiated these events from other outbreaks of violence was the intensity of the media coverage.
What emerges is despite the full court police efforts and an extraordinary lockdown of large areas of Boston, gendarmes were unable to apprehend a not very savvy suspect (white cap in an area with surveillance cameras) who was on foot and injured. And we have the very troubling precedent of the shutdown of Boston. The closest precedent I can think of is when Manahattan was cordoned off right after 9/11.
I saw a colleague from Boston this evening, and he remarked (as many at NC have) how many aspects of the media narrative did not add up. No doubt we’ll hear an official version shortly. In the meantime, I’d very much like readers in Boston to tell us what they know. As Lambert said:
All of us can do What Does It All Mean with the best of ’em, but I do feel a little shaky on facts, and since the official interpretation does not seem to have congealed, now is our chance!
Update: I figured I’d add a few links:
Actual Photo of Boston Terrorist Bombing Suspect Number 2 Being Captured George Washington
Boston Marathon Explosions Reveal Hypocrisy Behind Police Attitude Towards Photographers Photography is Not a Crime (Lambert)
Wretched excess… Michael Smith
Boston Marathon bombing capture open thread Corrente. With more links.
Locked Down in Watertown: ‘You Can’t Live Scared’ Watertown Patch (bob)
On the not adding up front: Suspect 1 ‘I don’t have a single American friend’ Guardian v Suspect 2: Friend Says Bombing Suspect Switched Between Colleges To Follow The Parties. The New York Times weighs in: Boy at Home in U.S., Swayed by One Who Wasn’t
Bombing Suspects’ Aunt: It’s a Set-Up, No Evidence Bloomberg. Surprised to see this on Bloomberg.