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I didn’t even have the TV on during the Boston events. Too upsetting having to passively endure lies and idiocies. On Twitter, news were coming in real time. And I could comment. I could tell NY Post who fingered innocent people twice “Why are you here? Shouldn’t you just give up now?”
In the evening I did turn on the TV . All channels had the same image of a house with a boat surrounded by police. Except for Channel 13 (public TV in NY) which ironically had commercials every time I checked.
I am glad I had the TV on, because I didn’t miss the iconic moment when old news media died. The reporter was standing by the house & boat when cheers erupted. Twitter lit up: SUSPECT 2 IN CUSTODY! The reporter announced: “They are cheering but I don’t know why. he then reported rumors. They took another hour to confirm that it was the actual bombing suspect (not Fox, they jumped in ahead as usual)
Some of the more memorable tweets yesterday
Tweeter triumphs again: Boston Police Dept. just tweeted, “Suspect is in custody.” Whew! Sigh of relief for all involved in this man hunt.
So this is going to end on a boat, on land, in a city named Watertown.
After a week of ‘please don’t let it be a Musllim’ & ‘please don’t let it be a white guy’ it winds up being a white Muslim.
This btw, came to sum up the right vs left in this country. Since I refuse to take my pick between racist or extremist, I am neither now.
Tonight Boston townies will be the ones helping Boston PD out of bars.
We may be witnessing the end of the relevance of broadcast news in realtime. They are unable to match the speed of the Internet.
In the same vein, adding this (found on Twitter)
the tweet introducing it
HowardKurtz @HowardKurtz 24m
How Twitter kicked MSM’s butt in Boston yesterday, from one suspect’s death to other one’s capture http://thebea.st/1055vty via @thedailybeast
I once thought of naming my dog MoDo because she hates all girl dogs while getting along fine with the guys. I didn’t, because I like my dog.
It’s a good article, so I won’t add anything to it except “what happened??????”
and not afraid to say so
The Daily News fresh from their Obamagasm, shows their true co;ors by displaying the same picture
I did not watch this non-event, but got a better perspective from this source
I guess this would show the same moment that NYC tabloids relished from a better angle and you’ll have to go to the source for their priceless narrative
On edit, the Gothamist has a good comment
Post Editor Guy 1: So are we goin’ with “HELLARY: WHO’D WANT TO BENGHAZI THIS BROAD?!” or “MIDDLE SHEESH! WACKO WOMAN GETS SNIPPY AT SENATE” ?
Post Editor Guy 2: Hmmm, whaddya think Gary?
Post Editor Guy 3: [Brushing 7-11 Taquito crumbs off double chin]
I have discovered for some time now than when something happens, the best way to know is be on twitter. I had written off TV as source of news for some time now. It’s a good thing, for I had been spared of images like the one I posted, without the editorial. The poster added:
They’re not tears. He just scratched his eyes a 100 times and everytime the cameras went nuts. A farce.”
So, first the news blunder, identifying the wrong man as the shooter, then CNN posting someone else’s facebook account.
Then, of course the gun control debate, or as gun nuts put it “politicizing the tragedy”. Ann Coulter taking the cake by demanding – in caps: MORE GUNS! LESS MASSACRES” which led someone to the logical conclusion: MORE DOGS! LESS POOP! At one point, last night, Rupert Murdoch tweeted
Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy.
There was speculation that his account was hacked as well as thoughts like
It’s too bad
@rupertmurdoch doesn’t have some sort of way to influence recalcitrant conservative politicians.
from Tom Tomorrow. There were sane tweets
ONE jackass tries to light his shoe & every American has to take their shoes off at airports. Mass gun violence & there’s nothing we can do
NRA prez Wayne Lapierre sprints into the school past the paramedics, clutches rifle next to shooter’s corpse and cradles it tenderly
failed argument tweets
There was of course the God argument as introduced by Huckabee and refined in this tweet
“Dear God, why do you allow so much violence in schools?” – signed, a concerned student “Dear Student, I’m not allowed in schools.” – God
Apparently, like Obama, God is powerless to stop shit we don’t like.
Roseanne reverted to her redneck roots
@TheRealRoseanne When has prohibition ever worked in human history, is there one time? Didn’t this shooting happen in a gun-free zone?
To which I had to remind her that everyone else in the world there is such a prohibition and such a lack of massacres – or at least mass death (see China the same day)
And that’s how I tried to stave the sadness yesterday.
3 weeks after the fact, after an election, campaigning for the big bargain and other goodies, Obama finally makes it to NYC.
The media (including the Post) certainly receives him better than W
(never thought I’d feel sorry for HIM), although his time was longer than Ws on NOLA