... because Reddit said they might be the bombers (they weren't). In their defense, the Post is sometimes very diligent in updating their stories when new information arises. For example, when they learned the San Bernardino shooters were of a specific religion, they felt this warranted a whole new front-page headline:
Rupert Murdoch went door to door telling all his subscribers, "They were Muslim, by the way. Just saying."
Even other, more respectable Posts are prone to these types of mistakes. When there was a terror attack in Norway in 2011, a Washington Post contributor quickly blamed it on "jihadists" and put together a 700-word article on how this proves we should continue the War on Terror. As it turned out, the terrorist was whiter than a Gap Outlet sale.
And comic-book levels of Nazism.
From Nancy Grace concluding that the Duke Lacrosse Case students should forfeit their legal rights to Donald Trump calling for the execution of the Central Park Five, there's a long tradition of media figures jumping to conclusions about people who turn out to be innocent (man, can you imagine if hotheads like that had any real power?).
When French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused of rape, the media immediately went apeshit. The French media had had dubbed him "the Great Seducer," which, to be fair, is a pretty awesome title. The accuser later admitted she lied and the case was settled out of court without an admission of guilt, but Strauss-Kahn probably isn't making Prime Minister anytime soon.
Now contrast this with how the media treats their own: Accusations against Bill Cosby were underreported -- or outright ignored -- for years and years. BBC host Jimmy Savile's horrifying child molestation was an open secret for decades. But to be fair, we're 90 percent sure he wasn't Muslim or a lacrosse player, so how could anyone possibly have known?
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Nope, no way to see it coming.
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