It is with regret that I reflect upon the nature of the New York Post's reporting and editorial decisions in the days following the Boston Marathon bombing. For the past four days, the New York Post has consistently published accounts of the tragic incident and the subsequent investigation that were at the best ill-informed and speculative, and at worst intentionally misleading and harmful to the lives of those involved.
On Monday, April 15, in the immediate aftermath of the bombing, the Post published a story online that reported 12 people had died in the explosions. The figure was incorrect; an official death count at the time was two and has since been moved to the three.
In the same article, it was reported that authorities were holding a Saudi national as a “suspect” connected to the investigation. Boston police denied that report; the man was questioned not as as a suspect but as a witness to the day's events.
The front cover to Thursday's Post displayed an image of two young men under a headline that read “BAG MEN: Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon." Neither of these men had any connection to the bombing and both were cleared by the relevant authorities.
This week, the New York Post has acted recklessly and with flagrant disregard for the principles of good journalism. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize to our readers, the people of Boston, and the three men who were mistakenly investigated as suspects.
Editor in Chief, New York Post.
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