Sunday, April 21, 2013

Drudge baiting UK style

The Daily Mirror, one of many UK tabloids, has apparently mastered the art of netting a Drudge siren having baited the hook with a sensational claim that ZOMG, Boston bombers were part of sleeper cell of scary foreign terrorists. They breathlessly "inform" us:
More than 1,000 FBI operatives were last night working to track down the cell and arrested a man and two women 60 miles from Boston in the hours before Dzhokhar’s dramatic capture after a bloody shootout on Friday.

A source close to the investigation said: “We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone. The devices used to detonate the two bombs were highly sophisticated and not the kind of thing people learn from Google.
Which of course would explain why they botched their getaway so thoroughly. Maybe they didn't stay in terrorist school long enough to get to the part of the lesson where the other cell members drive the getaway car. Preferably out of town.

If you bother to read the post, which I don't recommend, you would find it's basically a rehash of the US coverage of the last five days. Not only does it verge on plagiarism, they didn't even copy it well. Many errors of fact. None of which stopped the outrage patrol of the far right wingers from adopting it as pure truth. What the hell. It totally validates their world view. They all linked to it, which of course was the point. Web traffic.

If you look at the front page of the Mirror online you'll find many interesting stories, if by interesting you mean, three posts about One Direction (it's a band the kids like), one of which exposes girlfriend boob envy among the band members. You'll also learn the Bieber is mean to his grandfather and see the tragic story of a four year old child addicted to the iPad.

And then there's the author of this huge scoop, Chris Bucktin, appointed assistant editor of the Mirror's US operations in January 2013. In the UK Mr. Bucktin was "head of content" which appears to mean person in charge of making shit up to fill the white space. He rose to that high position from his former perch as showbiz editor.

Certainly requires no stretch of credibility to imagine how he so easily cultivated inside sources at the FBI who would be passing on confidential information that could jeopardize the investigation in just three months.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

"We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone."

How big is the set of things about which idiots have no doubt?

As to the bombs being too sophisticated for google look-up, it's just not true. I'd illustrate it but Google retains a list of everyone who looks such things up and I'm too busy this week to be interrogated.

Of course eager believers will fail to remember that one of these losers was an engineering student.

10:32:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

As long as I can remember boys like to blow things up. Granted it was mostly model cars and firecrackers. And throwing those big firecrackers down sewers to make the biggest boom.

And yeah, the younger one at least was smart. Not a stretch to think he could figure out the construction himself. But their arrogance/stupidity in thinking they could hang around afterward and keep doing it in the same town without getting caught suggests they're not very well trained at anything. The whole chase thing looked like a bad TV crime show.

11:06:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

"As long as I can remember boys like to blow things up"

I remember it even better. ;-)

11:25:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Rite of passage, or something. ;~)

3:19:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

██ ████████ ██████ ██████████ ██ ████ ██ ████ ██████████ ██.This comment has been found in violation of H.R. 3261, C.I.S.P.A. and has been removed.

5:31:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Ha Fogg. I don't know to do that but point taken. I'm not getting too exercised over CISPA yet because I'm hearing it's going to die in the Senate. Conserving my outrage for now.

3:33:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

And a well deserved death it would be.

9:53:00 AM  

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