I’ve been obsessively glued to the TV all day, watching the non-stop (and commercial-free!) coverage of the hunt for the second Boston Marathon bomber (left). So much work to do that’s not getting done …
In the meantime, here are some tweets that caught my attention.
This is from the Twitter account of Jahar Tsarnaev, who told the man whose car he hijacked that he is one of the Boston Marathon bombers. Formerly known as Suspect 2, the 19-year-old is the main object of a manhunt the likes of which no American has ever experienced except perhaps in the movies. Bostonians and residents of the surrounding suburbs have been confined inside their homes all day, all public transportation shut down, all schools and universities closed — everything completely paralyzed. One exception: Dunkin Donuts asked to be exempted. Those stores have remained open, serving police and other emergency workers free food and coffee.
On Monday night, the day of the Marathon, Jahar tweeted
Ain’t no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people
“Stay safe“? After the horror he inflicted? “no love“? Bostonians showed incredible love for each other. They ran towards danger, not away, to help the wounded; they crashed the Red Cross website with so many offers to help and give blood; they opened their homes to shelter and feed the runners and their families … And how cool can he be, back on Twitter hours after killing three and maiming over 170?
Referring to the media’s rush to propagate breaking news without verifying the “facts” Steve Faguy tweets:
Five stages of news: 1. “Reports say”; 2. “Sources confirm”; 3. “Conflicting reports”; 4. “Officials deny”; 5. “How did media get it wrong?”
RT @dzuunmod: NBC anchor: “…a lot of us are hearing the word ‘Chechnya’ for the first time…” really?
Alas, I’ve met Americans whose ignorance of geography and history is astounding.
NPR’s Andy Carvin isn’t one of them:
So glad, Bush and Cheney aren’t in the White House. They would be invading Chechnya and Dagestan
The last one needs no further comment:
Seriously, fuck this guy: @NateBell4AR “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15”