Chalk it up to the often sick, sad world we live in.
The bomb smoke had barely cleared in Boston when some in the media strapped on their red and blue helmets and took partisan pot shots.
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof was the first national media figure to bring out the guns. “Explosion is a reminder that ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) needs a director,” he tweeted Monday just after two bombs had exploded at the Boston Marathon. “Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking appointment.” Accompanying Kristof’s tweet was a link to a WaPo story on the ATF’s ongoing status without a full-time director. He has since deleted the tweet and said that he “take[s] it back.”
On CNN, National Security Analyst Peter Bergen said that the attack may have been executed by al-Qaeda or “another kind of right-wing extremism.”
On MSNBC, Chris Matthews said that “normally, domestic terrorists, people tend to be on the far right.” He immediately amended his language to “just extremists.”
Esquire‘s Politics writer Charles Pierce cautioned readers against “jumping to conclusions” that the attack may have been executed by foreigners. But, noting that Monday was Patriots Day, he took a trip back in time to remember that it was “waterer of the liberty tree” Timothy McVeigh who bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City.
Across the aisle… we find WaPo‘s Jennifer Rubin, who took a characteristic strike at a colleague. “Not writing on Boston,” she tweeted. “It is a local crime story for now.” Rubin’s startling tweet was a reference to WaPo‘s Sarah Kliff who recently said she had neglected to cover a gruesome abortion trial in Philadelphia because it was a “local crime story.”
A few hours after the bombings, President Obama delivered a brief statement on television. “The president sounds like he’s reading a cooking recipe,” snarked Breitbart News‘s Kerry Picket on Twitter.
Jim Hoft, a popular blogger in conservative circles, wrote that the attack cemented Obama’s presidency as a “complete failure.” In the same post, Hoft lamented that Obama did not in his statement call the incident a terrorist attack. “Pathetic,” Hoft wrote.