Accuracy in Media

While most of the country watched in horror yesterday as rescue workers tried to help the victims of the bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof fired off a tweet to suggest that Senate Republicans are at least partially responsible because they have blocked the confirmation of President Obama’s controversial appointment, B. Todd Jones, to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Jones has served as Acting Director since January.


The reaction was immediate and negative, so Kristof then issued a second tweet to take back what he said.


The bombings were a terrible tragedy, leaving at least 3 dead and 144 injured, according to Fox News. But instead of joining with his fellow Americans in praying for those affected by the blast, Kristof chose to use it to make a political point—and a bad one at that. Even if the ATF had a permanent director, it is unlikely that yesterday’s bombings could have been prevented. And what did Kristof know about the bombings at the time of his tweet? Nothing.

Kristof has since deleted the original tweet.

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