By Ian Tingen
Yesterday, I speculated (there’s that word again) that the knee-jerk reaction by the New York Post regarding a Saudi man in the hospital was sensationalism. It seems that I was correct, even though being correct brings me no joy in this situation.
Amy Davidson does a great job of going over the ways in which people hid behind easy explanations for the Saudi man. This followup Post article gives good examples of what I suspect are post-hoc false memories / justifications for tackling a brown guy near the scene of a bombing. There’s an article at Salon by David Sirota that explores the implications of a white bomber versus a vaguely brown one.
Of course, there are no official announcements of suspects yet – just people looking for answers, and people looking to fill time in 24/7 news cycles. As such, there’s still a need for people to Do Good Things. Here’s a link that helps you find blood donation centers in the US.