Guy sends 268 people to the hospital, and the NYTimes want to rewrite him as the new Holden Caulfield. #BomberInTheRye—
David Burge (@iowahawkblog) April 24, 2013
Wait, what? That can’t be true, can it? Sadly, it is. The fishwrap of record hit a new low, joining the chorus of the morally bankrupt who are trying to “humanize” the Boston bombing suspects.
More from the New York Times article, which is shamefully listed as “news analysis.”
There are lots of references to musicians like Chris Brown, Jay-Z and Michael Jackson; television shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones,” and movies like “Spider-Man” and “Finding Nemo.” He prattles away about Nutella and Frosted Flakes, complains about typos and losing his remote. “Pop-up adds are the worst, on par with mosquitoes,” he tweets on June 17, 2012.
Given the layers of irony, sarcasm and joking often employed on Twitter, it can be difficult to parse the messages of a stranger. Yet some of them can seem menacing or portentous, given what we now suspect: “a decade in america already, I want out,” “Never underestimate the rebel with a cause” or, drawing from lyrics from a Kendrick Lamar song, “No one is really violent until they’re with the homies.” But others suggest a more Holden Caulfield-like adolescent alienation: “some people are just misunderstood by the world thus the increase of suicide rates.” Sometimes, Dzhokhar sounds downright sentimental (unless, of course, he is being ironic): “There are enough worms for all the birds stop killing each other for ‘em.”
If you have a hurl-bucket handy, the rest of it is just as foul. Attempts to create empathy … for a terrorist. Oh, he was just a typical teenage boy! Well, Ms. Kakutani, one of the Boston bombing victims, Martin Richard, will never even get that chance.
Because he was killed at the age of 8.
Ace of Spades and other Twitter users destroy the repugnant New York Times article. Read and get your fist ready to pump:
The moral depravity is horrifying. Enough. The sane have had enough.
Exactly. Where is the empathy for the victims? What more could we have done to save them, instead of fretting and hand-wringing over those accused of killing and maiming them.
Want to “analyze” something, New York Times? Try looking at Sean Collier’s life. He was killed during a shootout with the “Holden Caulfield” bombing suspect and was honored at a memorial at MIT today. Over the weekend, his body was escorted home by a sea of blue.
But you wouldn’t know that, would you? What with being so busy wallowing in depravity.
Try “analyzing” the Richard family: Now left without their son. Martin Richard’s sister has lost her leg and his mother is grievously injured. No “Catcher in the Rye” swooning for them?
For shame, New York Times. For shame.