I prefer my title over the NYT headline “Police investigate Times Square Explosion” Yes, it was an explosion, and yes it was in Times Square, but it was a recruiting station, so why not headline with that pertinent fact also? NYT didn’t hide the fact, just didn’t headline it.
The New York City police issued a statement at 7:33 a.m. describing the source of the explosion as an “improvised explosive device” and putting the time of the blast at 3:43 a.m. Subways and traffic are running normally through Times Square.
Even more tragic than lack of national support in our press, is the effect that digging around, for a few years, for the facts beyond the news has had on myself. For when I read that the target of the IED was a Military Recruitment Station, the first thing on my mind was not Islamic terrorists. The first though on my mind was the immense hatred that peace groups and veterans against the war have towards military recruitment and our government in general. So tragically my thoughts were on homegrown terrorists. A bit of tragic irony is that because the media generally doesn’t delve into the underpinnings of these groups, their audience won’t even know to consider peace groups as viable suspects.
The recruiting station — the third that has stood on the site since 1946 — has been the site of regular antiwar protests since the start of the Iraq war in 2003, although until today, the only major threat to the station seemed to come from pigeons.
I doubt that one lonely mention of antiwar protests will be enough to trigger public outcry for investigation into peace groups, or peace group member as possible suspects. If one truly wants to explore blind rage in America, then don’t miss the tirades of peace activists; you won’t be disappointed.
I should make it clear that this post is in no way an accusation or indictment of peace groups in this recruitment center bombing, I am just pointing out a few repercussions of subtle media bias. An interesting bias note is that Al Jazeera also reported this incident, but with the headline “Blast at US Army Recruitment Centre.” They did however end the article with a little local bias of their own.
New York has been on a heightened state of alert since the attacks of September 11, 2001, when hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the World Trade Centre, killing nearly 3,000 people.