New York Post repeatedly misidentifies Boston suspects

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:02 EDT
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A New York Post cover that misidentifies the Boston bombing suspects, again.
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Authorities say they have photos of two men who are being sought in connection to the Boston marathon bombing, but they’re not the same two men on the cover of Thursday’s New York Post, which previously mis-reported that police had a Saudi national in custody as a suspect.

The Post explained that the photo comes from images police are circulating “in an attempt to identify the individuals highlighted therein,” but the front page headline exclaims: “BAG MEN, Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon.”

Sluths on Reddit, however, have apparently settled the matter, discovering the Facebook page of one of the men and individuals who claim to know the other, and neither appears to be the mysterious bombers.

The Post‘s latest comes immediately following a report of a Saudi national the paper said was being held as a “suspect” in the bombing. The man turned out to be a witness who was questioned about what he saw, and Boston police subsequently denied the report.

Despite the apparent confusion, the Post stuck by its story, leading to widespread reports by CBS News, CNN and other outlets that a Middle Eastern suspect was in custody. Those reports were later walked back.

Authorities are expected to release an image of two people of interest later Thursday.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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