2013 Boston Marathon Bombings Essay

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2013 Boston Marathon Bombings/ Who Did It?!
Introduction
“The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that is power because they control the minds of the masses.” (Malcolm X). One of the most controversial matters that was on local and international TV news, radio stations, newspapers, magazines and social media sites is the Boston Marathon Bombings which occurred in April 15th last year. There were many opinions about who committed that massacre. Many media outlets were with the thought that the whole crime was staged on the other hand some of them were quick to point the finger at Tamerlan ...view middle of the document...

In addition to that Press News reports were as follows; 14 positive, 13 neutral and 3 negative.
Results are shown in the chart below:

Unit of Analysis

FOX News TV/Boston

CNN News TV

Press TV

Positive
9 5

14


Neutral

16

18



13

Negative

5

7
3





An example of the FOX news neutral reports is when they announced that a grand jury had indicted two 19 year old students from Kazakhstan on obstruction of justice charges for helping suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev hide evidence after Boston Marathon bombings. Another example of a positive FOX News report: ‘’McCaul believes the attack could have been stopped if the FBI had taken Tamerlan Tsarnaev more seriously as a potential threat, especially after he traveled to Russia for five months in 2012. After traveling to Russia as part of the Congressional investigation, McCaul believes Tsarnaev was radicalized by militants in the Dagestan region."A lot of warning signs were out there. A lot of flags went up. He was on the radar screen of the FBI and fell off the radar. I believe that potentially this could have been stopped," said McCaul, highlighting the fact that Russia warned the U.S. about Tsarnaev's possible links to militants. An example of a CNN neutral report is ‘’ Rebuffing his lawyers' request, a federal judge has set the trial date for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for November 3.The date was set during a status hearing in Boston federal court Wednesday.On Monday, Tsarnaev's lawyers had filed a report requesting that the trial start no earlier than September 2015.’’
Press News positive report indicated that US authorities had admitted that the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect shot and severely injured by police gunfire just before his arrest was unarmed, disputing earlier official claims that he was heavily armed and fired shots from the boat in which he was hiding. A CNN positive report included attack facts as follows: ‘’The bombs exploded 12 seconds apart near the marathon's finish line on Boylston Street. According to Richard DesLauriers, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston office, the bombs contained BB-like pellets and nails. One of the bombs was contained in a pressure cooker, hidden inside a black backpack, according to the FBI. The FBI says that the second bomb was also in a metal container, but they have not yet determined if it was also in a pressure cooker. The Department of Homeland Security issued a warning in 2004 about pressure cooker bombs. Instructions for making this type of explosive are widely available on the Internet.’’

Conclusion
Based on the findings of the research; there is a lack of evidence that must be taken in consideration when accusing someone whatever his religion or race is. What the 3 media resources say is not based on enough proofs to accuse them yet. Because of the ignorance of the presence of other...

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