Media Coverage Crimped the Times Square Case

By Andrew Gauthier 

NPR

The virtually wall-to-wall coverage of the Times Square bombing investigation was a problem for investigators trying to solve the case.

It all began at dinnertime last Saturday night, when a suspect drove an SUV rigged with a homemade bomb into Times Square, set the car in park, turned on the detonator and left– hoping for destruction.

A little more than two days later, law enforcement arrested a man believed to be responsible: Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistani American. He allegedly has admitted to the crime. But what hasnt been apparent until now is how news coverage of this story fundamentally changed the investigation. More…

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