Quiet, Err. I'm transmitting rage.
I don’t have a great deal to offer to yesterday’s insanity in Boston, but it’s still got me angry today, so maybe posting something will help me be less annoyed. First, disclosure: I spent four years living in Boston, and I absolutely love the city. Second, I also am a big ATHF fan.
Seriously, though, what in the world was the broadcast media thinking by the afternoon yesterday? That is, by the time it was clear these were NOT bombs? Check the photo here to see that it’s clear the thing was a Mooninite long before anyone had to take it into the dark. It seems either lazy or utterly irresponsible that by late afternoon broadcast types were still referring to "suspicious packages" rather than evil cartoons.
And what are the various government officials thinking still, in their desire to extort not just one but many pounds of flesh? Thank heavens for the Boston Phoenix, which has offered badly needed sanity. This piece touches on my first hunch in the first place — that the mayor and others knew they screwed up by overreacting, and rather than admit it, they’re trying to put the focus on someone else.
It wasn’t a hoax — by definition, a hoax is intended to deceive. These people didn’t want to deceive. And the things weren’t new — they’d been around Boston for a couple of weeks, just as they’d been in other cities. If it’s such a travesty, why didn’t the "devices" cause chaos sooner? The city and state overreacted hugely, and continued to overreact once it was clear how much they were overreacting. The same goes for the broadcast media reports I’ve seen and heard. Everybody dove into something, and once they were there, nobody could just say, "Whoops, we were really wrong. That’s embarrassing."
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go downstairs, have my breakfast and some delicious coffee, and hope there’s an Aqua Teen episode on my DVR.
(Currently playing: The Cure, Wish)