As glad as I am that the crisis in Boston has been resolved, it could've been worse, thanks to the hair trigger snap judgment of the New York Post.
Never has yellow journalism been so blatantly obvious as it was in the Post earlier this week, when they falsely accused Salah Barhoum, without so much as formally accusing the young man, of being one of the Boston Marathon bombers, just because his attire matched the description of one of the suspects. Editor-In-Chief Col Allan, in Friday's New York Daily News, said his paper was standing by its story. Then again, they also initially stood by ridiculous claims that 12 people, not three, were killed in the explosions, and that a supposed "Saudi national" was in custody, without completely checking the facts. Talk about putting the cart out before the horse!!
Barhoum, though, has some company in a historical sense. 17 years ago, Atlanta security guard Richard Jewell was wrongly accused of being involved in a bombing during the Summer Olympics. If Jewell can recover from this bout of misfortune, so can Barhoum, though I'd not be surprised at all if his family decides to file a slander/defamation suit against the Post and its owner, Rupert Murdoch, for dragging the poor kid through the mud without getting all the facts before them, just in a rush to print a story.
In the end, it falls on Allan for failing to do diligent research to get those facts straight, likely because of the credo that "controversy creates cash". Not in this case, as not everyone bought into the Post's pack of lies. Allan not only gets the Weasel ears, but a Dunce Cap for being so ignorant of protocols in relation to his job and reality in general.