iphisquandary says: Oh come on don’t even pretend this isn’t about race. A fucking Saudi-American guy carrying a RICE COOKER THAT POLICE THOUGHT WAS A BOMB made bigger news than this. We all know he didn’t necessarily do it, but if this guy was of color and was a suspect like a certain other man who had nothing to do with the Boston Marathon bombing, everyone would know his name by now. Let’s not be disingenuous.
» SFB says: The circumstances of the cases were different. It was unclear that a criminal element may have been involved in the West, Texas case when it first happened (it’s still not clear, though it’s currently being investigated), whereas it was immediately clear that someone was trying to hurt people after the Boston incident—a set of circumstances that led to different treatments by mainstream media sources. The arrest over the pipe bomb parts only came weeks later, after the case had cooled in the national press.
It’s not fair that people got falsely accused of things in the middle of a media circus, but considering it wasn’t clear that this was even a criminal matter (the angle leaned much closer to evil corporation that failed to protect the public), it’s understandable why the response was more muted. But that still doesn’t take away from your point. It’s awful that people were unfairly targeted for their race during a media circus. — Ernie @ SFB
(P.S.: It’s also worth pointing out that, during this same period, a white guy was arrested and accused of sending ricin to the president, only for further investigations to show that he was allegedly framed.)
Update: We’ve changed the confirmed dead from 15 to 5 to reflect the lower end of the range currently being offered by officials, after some readers raised concerns that reporting the higher end could be deceptive. — Scott @ SFB
I said, ‘This thing is going to blow’ … and I told my mom and dad to get in the car. I was standing next to my car with my fiancee, waiting for my parents to come out and (the plant) exploded. It knocked us into the car… Every house within about four blocks is blown apart.Bill Bohannan • Discussing the explosion he witnessed in the town of West, Texas, an explosion which appears to have injured dozens, including firefighters. Bohannan was visiting his parents, who live in the city, when the fertilizer plant exploded. A number of nearby buildings, including a nursing home, were evacuated.
I think the individuals in North Korea understand that Austin, Texas, is now a very important city in America, as do corporate CEOs and other people who are moving here in record numbers.Texas Governor Rick Perry, explaining his theory on why Kim Jong-un listed Austin, TX as a possible target for a nuclear strike. source