Finally, someone has issued an apology letter on behalf of the New York Post for the irresponsible acts of “journalism” they performed this week.
On Thursday, the Post published front-page photos of two men, telling millions of their readers that they were being searched for in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings. “BAG MEN: Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon,” the Post’s front page headline declared. As it turned out, both were completely innocent and were cleared by federal investigators.
The article said, “Meanwhile, officials have identified two potential suspects who were captured on surveillance videos taken shortly before the deadly blasts, law-enforcement sources told The Post yesterday … It was not immediately clear if the men in the law-enforcement photos are the same men in the surveillance videos.”
As it turned out both were completely innocent. One of them, whose face is clearly shown on the front page, is a 17-year-old high-school runner and was even identified by the savvy reddit users.
Reddit users also found his Facebook page, which has since been made private. According to Deadspin, in one post that has since been deleted, he wrote, “Going to the court rightnow!! Shit is real. But u will see guys I’m did not do anything.”
This was their Thursday front page headline
Shortly after the bombings the Post had claimed that 12 people had died in the Boston explosion, when in fact at the time there were two confirmed deaths, which later rose to three. They also pointed the finger at a Saudi man who they called a suspect in the bombings, who turned out to have nothing to do with them.
Rachel Maddow Took A Look At The New York Post’s Reporting On Her Show This week
Rupert Murdoch, defended the papers actions:
All NYPost pics were those distributed by FBI.And instantly withdrawn when FBI changed directions.
— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) April 20, 2013
Since the Post refuses to issue an apology, the folks at the Animal have gone ahead and issued one for them. The site wrote up a fake “apology” from editor Col Allan, and slipped the letter into hundreds of copies of Friday’s Post. They then, handed out the copies to people on the streets of New York City.
“This week, the New York Post has acted recklessly and with flagrant disregard for the principles of good journalism,” Animal’s fake apology reads, adding their (so-called) reporting was ”at best ill-informed and speculative, and at worst intentionally misleading and harmful to the lives of those involved.”