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March 6, 2008

Military Recruitment Station target of IED

Filed under: Media Issue,National Issue — Tags: , , , — wally @ 6:13 am

06cnd-timessquare3.337 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.



  1. One would think this would get more attention. A bomb in NY. It was probably a wussy peace-monger who did it. As a former resident of the Bay Area, I love checking out the Zombie Time website for the latest on the San Fran loonies. That’s where they are boldest, but it all gets filtered so people don’t ever realize just how insane they are.

    Comment by Mark - Meneltarma — March 7, 2008 @ 11:07 am

  2. Mark, before you call peace activists wussies, you should go fight in Iraq. Maybe then you would know something about being a man. Most of the guys I know in in 1-4ID (on their third tour) are peaceniks by now, a fact I am sure you will attempt to negate. You can wallow in your own ignorance only so long before those you have wronged (even indirectly) will boil over in anger and blow your s**t up.

    (comment was detained for language which has now been edited)

    Comment by Evan Knappenberger — March 8, 2008 @ 11:30 am

  3. Wally, you are walking that incredibly thin line in accusing Peace people of being terrorists. Be careful who you indict, and for the last time, go fight in Iraq!

    Comment by Evan Knappenberger — March 8, 2008 @ 11:31 am

  4. Evan,
    First, perhaps you skimmed this so here it is again, 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. And I should also point out that there are numerous people other than myself with similar concerns.

    Second, course language and threatening others isn’t usually the best way to win support or sympathy for a cause. I’m all for letting you make your opinion known through comments on this site, but I will draw the line if need be.

    Comment by wally — March 8, 2008 @ 7:31 pm

  5. Whoever set this bomb off is a terrorist and they should get the full measure of the law!


    Comment by AFY — March 13, 2008 @ 12:59 am

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