On Anthrax And In Defense of American Media

The anthrax attack on American Media’s Florida offices in 2001 was a puzzling event; sure, it makes sense to send some spores to prominent politicians, to the networks and even to the New York Post. But why would terrorists care enough to shut down the National Enquirer? AMI photo editor Robert Stevens later died from his exposure to the anthrax, so the issue’s no laughing matter, but it makes you wonder what article about Oprah or Chandra Levy made the company a target.

No suspects have been charged in the attack, but the New York Sun reported that an AMI freelance photographer is suing the company for “stealing” his anthrax-contaminated photo archive — by not securely protecting them.

The suit is not totally without merit; the photographer is really just trying to get his $2 million piece of the $250 million pie that AMI claimed in insurance over the attacks. But it’s a stretch to believe that anyone could have predicted the attacks and secured their archives accordingly.