If you ever wondered about the credibility and professionalism of Fox News--their political bias aside--here is the ultimate proof:
As I do most mornings, I turned on the television to learn if the world still exists or if anything exciting has happened. This morning, I discovered that there had been some excitement in Boston and that the story was in progress. It was interesting to watch the media acting in a fast-moving news story...
CNN has footage of a suspect being arrested, which Fox does not have. They claim that he could be “Suspect Nr. 1” from the Boston bombing.
Soon afterwards, Fox reports that “Suspect Nr. 1” has been shot and has died in a hospital.
Later, CNN shows a police press conference; Fox is still showing old footage. Five minutes later, Fox found out about the conference.
Sky News (UK affiliate of Fox) has eye-witness reports that neither US network has.
Obviously, networks do not listen to each other or ignore what the see and hear (and affiliates do not communicate or share).
Now, it is twelve hours later. I have noticed television screens, off and on, throughout the day. I feel sorry for talking heads, who were forced to talk all day with little new information. Repetition was the only alternative. The only new information I learned was the names of the suspects.
People that do not know the United States will surely be surprised to see the amount of police personnel and level of equipment on display. Boston looks like a war zone, and these people are all on the payroll of taxpayers. I wonder what they do while waiting for such an exciting use of their time...
The only good news in the bad news is the location. Boston is blessed with one of the best hospitals in the world.
My mother learned nursing and worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital. My godmother worked there all her life. I recall visiting her many times. This fine hospital also saved my mother’s life, when she was much older.
Anyone seeing the hospital press conference could not help but be impressed. I believed the head trauma surgeon when he said that the hospital was equipped to handle everything. They could not save the limbs of the most-seriously injured, but could save lives.
These people are as evil and more despicable than the perpetrators of the crime! They needless add to the misery of innocent people, who have suffered too much. No belief justifies such heartless action. In fact, such deeds discredit the people performing them and their foolish beliefs. Only truly horrible people would protest at the funeral of a 7 year old boy who died a senseless death.
I am not a violent or vindictive person, but these people could turn me into one...
This is a sad day for the city of my birth.
I grew up in a town that lies on the course of the Boston Marathon. We lived in a house that lay about 100 meters from where runners would run or struggle on the way to Copley Square. This was before the days of the running boom, when runners were looked upon as oddities. I was deeply involved in sport, but not a runner. I could not relate to these men (I do not recall any women), but did respect their self-inflicted ordeal. I could not have done what they did.
At that time, there was no security and little police work, beyond traffic control. There were no large crowds. I doubt that even local television broadcast the event, and it never made the national news. There might have been a few thousand runners, if than many. No one would have been able to imagine an event with 27,000 participants, with men and women, and with global media coverage. Or, that people would make money. The winner received a wreath and, I think, I bowl of chowder.
That was a time of true sportsmanship....and no fear.
As I wrote, a sad day...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.