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MSM Meltdown or Simple Misinformation?
Town Hall ^ | Apr. 21, 2013 | Carol Platt Liebau

Posted on 04/21/2013 7:50:56 AM PDT by EXCH54FE

The UK Daily Mirror is reporting that the FBI is hunting a 12-person sleeper cell connected to the Boston marathon terrorists:

Police believe Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were specially trained to carry out the devastating attack.

More than 1,000 FBI operatives were last night working to track down the cell and arrested a man and two women 60 miles from Boston in the hours before Dzhokhar’s dramatic capture after a bloody shootout on Friday.

A source close to the investigation said: “We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone. The devices used to detonate the two bombs were highly sophisticated and not the kind of thing people learn from Google.

“They were too advanced. Someone gave the brothers the skills and it is now our job to find out just who they were. Agents think the sleeper cell has up to a dozen members and has been waiting several years for their day to come.”

A specialist team of CIA and FBI interrogators was yesterday flown to a Boston hospital to grill wounded Dzhokhar, 19, about the secret group.

The tone of the coverage in America's press is quite different -- more soothing, shall we say. For example, a headline from today's Boston Globe reads: "Islam might have had a secondary role in Boston attacks."

So which is it? Obviously, it's almost inconceivable that America's press would miss a story of this dimension -- and the Mirror is a down-market tabloid. On the other hand, tabloids have beaten the "respectable" press to many big stories, including, for instance, the whole John Edwards scandal. And it's obvious the MSM has gone soft in the Age of Obama.

Linking this story, Hugh Hewitt's (@hughhewitt) had the most pungent assessment: "Either UK's Mirror makes stuff up or the MSM is in complete collapse." Once, the answer would have been clear. These days, it isn't.


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1 posted on 04/21/2013 7:50:56 AM PDT by EXCH54FE
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To: EXCH54FE
Anyone hear the CNN anchor interviewing a college professor from California? The anchor said “I feel bad” for the survivor and the college professor said something about sibling acceptance and that Catholics and Christians are praying for this kid...and also, that Islam is a religion peacefully practiced by 99.9999 (yes, she said that) of its people.
2 posted on 04/21/2013 7:55:44 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: EXCH54FE
No mention on any of the Sunday talk shows about the FBI search for this 12 man terrorist cell.

All they are arguing about is to Mirandize or Not Mirandize not so they can find out "who else" but to find out "why".

And not a word about Islam or Menino's Mosque.

3 posted on 04/21/2013 7:57:22 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

bump

They avoid the truth like a plague


4 posted on 04/21/2013 7:59:40 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: EXCH54FE

Democrats are Democrats first.....being an American is way down on their list.


5 posted on 04/21/2013 8:00:44 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Uncle Chip

Major media outlets have become part of the Obama team...all we will get from them is what the administration wants us to know.


6 posted on 04/21/2013 8:01:12 AM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: EXCH54FE
"Islam might have had a secondary role in Boston attacks."

What a Mo' roon!


7 posted on 04/21/2013 8:01:14 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: Uncle Chip

They’re all in “protect Obama’s appeasement policy” mode!


8 posted on 04/21/2013 8:01:29 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (If guns kill people, how come no one dies at gun shows?)
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To: GeronL

“Islam may have had a SECONDARY role?” Are they smoking something?


9 posted on 04/21/2013 8:02:18 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (Welcome to the new America.)
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To: GeronL

They are afraid of the truth.


10 posted on 04/21/2013 8:02:38 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: EXCH54FE
A specialist team of CIA and FBI interrogators was yesterday flown to a Boston hospital to grill wounded Dzhokhar, 19, about the secret group.

When they say they are going to "grill" him, I hope they mean that literally.

11 posted on 04/21/2013 8:02:49 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: EXCH54FE; Travis McGee; MestaMachine; LucyT

The MSM is desperate to control the flow of thought - not just information, but of thought.

The Leftist narrative of “Right-Wing Extremists Did It” got blown out of the sky. Now they have to work on containment. They shall at every opportunity reinforce multicultural-diversity-tolerance in the minds of the public, and divert all attention away from the fact that Al Qaeda is still fighting the war, even though Odinga spiked the ball and declared peace.

This is the equivalent of rubbing the alligator’s belly and putting it back to sleep.


12 posted on 04/21/2013 8:07:59 AM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: Uncle Chip

George Steponallofus just did mention it on ABC.


13 posted on 04/21/2013 8:10:56 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (If guns kill people, how come no one dies at gun shows?)
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To: Old Sarge

Glen Beck is promising to drop a news bomb tomorrow, about the Saudi connection between the Boston bombers and the WH.


14 posted on 04/21/2013 8:12:05 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: null and void

15 posted on 04/21/2013 8:12:20 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: EXCH54FE
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16 posted on 04/21/2013 8:12:24 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: EXCH54FE
A source close to the investigation said: "We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone. The devices used to detonate the two bombs were highly sophisticated and not the kind of thing people learn from Google."

This statement really calls the credibility of the source into question. As time passed after the bombs went off on Monday, the level of "sophistication" declined considerably. Remember the initial reports of 6-10 additional bombs found all over downtown Boston, and the unconfirmed reports of cell phone service being shut down to prevent additional detonations?

By the time the suspects were identified late Thursday night it was clear that this wasn't a sophisticated attack at all. There were only two bombs after all -- and they were dropped right there at the scene by the two mutants themselves just minutes before they explosed. Their names and photos were posted all over the internet within minutes, because they didn't even try very hard to hide their identities.

17 posted on 04/21/2013 8:14:43 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: ConservativeStatement
so by my arithmetic, that's STILL 100,000 dedicated TERRORISTS!!!
18 posted on 04/21/2013 8:16:11 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: kjo

That’s right. If the MSM reported on a sleeper cell and this being a coordinated terrorist attack, the American public might think — God forbid — that Obama bungled homeland security with deadly results.


19 posted on 04/21/2013 8:16:24 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Travis McGee

BECK: “Tell the truth by Monday, or else!”

GOV: “Or else, what?”

BECK: “Or else... I will be very, very angry with you. And I will write you a letter, telling you how angry I am...”


20 posted on 04/21/2013 8:16:38 AM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: Chode
The professor wore hoop earrings. I haven't seen chicks wear those since my club days on Miami Beach. :-)
21 posted on 04/21/2013 8:20:07 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: Travis McGee

Glen Beck lost practically all credibility with me long ago. I honestly believe he has mental problems, and have said numerous times he’s going to discredit the entire conservative alternate media with some highly visible meltdown at some point.

If he doesn’t have anything of import and ends up just farting dust like so many times in the past, this will be that point. I am not encouraged by the whole “Stay Tuned! Details at 11!!” ad revenue hype.

We’ll see soon enough, I guess.


22 posted on 04/21/2013 8:21:17 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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23 posted on 04/21/2013 8:23:11 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: Alberta's Child
Their names and photos were posted all over the internet within minutes, because they didn't even try very hard to hide their identities.

I think that was just youthful naivete and arrogance. How many times do we hear about young people posting videos or photos online that end up getting them arrested? They live their lives publicly through facebook, etc., yet think they have total privacy. As to the sophistication of the bombs....I'm an electrical engineer, so I'm a little biased, but using an RC toy as a transmitter/receiver remote trigger is about as basic as it gets. In fact, I'm surprised that the bombs didn't false trigger with such a cheap setup, more evidence to me that the bomb builders really didn't have much of a clue as to what they were building.

24 posted on 04/21/2013 8:26:09 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: JaguarXKE

probably


25 posted on 04/21/2013 8:26:25 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: randog

Lack of sophistication aside, is it possible an RC remote was chosen over the apparently more typical and stable disposable cell phone in order to avoid counterterrorism measures such as shutting down cell networks? That would explain closer physical presence, too.


26 posted on 04/21/2013 8:33:47 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: EXCH54FE
Obviously, it's almost inconceivable that America's press would miss a story of this dimension ...

Obviously, the author of the above doesn't understand how false and biased America's press has become.

27 posted on 04/21/2013 9:30:23 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: blueunicorn6

“Democrats are Democrats first.....being an American is way down on their list.”

So very, very, very true.


28 posted on 04/21/2013 9:45:13 AM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: null and void

Bugs Bunny in that exact pose you posted was painted on the side of my Dad’s B-24 bomber during WWII.


29 posted on 04/21/2013 10:30:06 AM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I would have a hard time picking off a point in the phone circuitry and using it to ignite the bomb. I don’t know if the phone battery would be enough juice to fire the igniter; that would depend on the igniter. IMO, it would take some experimentation to get the circuit right. Not impossible, but it would take some electronics skill to get it right. With an RC car, however, just take the two wires connected to the axle motor and connect them to the igniter. Done. BTW, I’m not an expert in building bombs or bomb electronics. I’m just a simple EE speculating on how easily it could be McGuyvered.


30 posted on 04/21/2013 2:24:06 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: GreenHornet

They say he can’t talk because he shot himself in the throat.
Mabe they can use sign language or he can write down answers.


31 posted on 04/21/2013 3:17:44 PM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: EXCH54FE

They all work for the House of Saud.


32 posted on 04/21/2013 4:43:15 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Travis McGee
Glen Beck is promising to drop a news bomb tomorrow, about the Saudi connection between the Boston bombers and the WH.

Here is my guess at what happened. They were planning some type of false flag gun shooting terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon. The Chechs were being recruited and funded by the Sauds, who were working with the Feds. They were going to run a sting operation where the Sauds turned on the Chechens after the Chechens opened fire on the crowds. These two white looking Chechens, would later be labeled as home grown white right wing terrorist. Who obviously hate runners and left wing Bostonians. If that had occurred, the gun legislation would have passed. Only needed 6 senators to turn at most.

The Chechens learn that the Sauds are setting them up. So they decide to run the Pressure Cooker bombing run right under the Sting Operations noses. They assumed that the Sauds would be fingered. And they may have even had accomplices helping push the Sauds are guilty story. Moral of the story, don't mess with Russians. Even terrorist Russians.

33 posted on 04/21/2013 4:50:08 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape
Moral of the story, don't mess with Russians. Even terrorist Russians.

Not sure if your guess is right - only time will tell - but those last sentences are.

34 posted on 04/21/2013 4:54:23 PM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
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To: Inyo-Mono
Bugs Bunny in that exact pose you posted was painted on the side of my Dad’s B-24 bomber during WWII.

Was he a member of the Lucky Bastards Club?

Guess he musta been on account of you're here to post on FR!

;)

35 posted on 04/21/2013 5:41:13 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

Yes, he was. 50 missions in the Pacific Theater against the Japanese including the Battle of the Bismark Sea and a Jap Zero clipping his plane after firing numerous rounds at my Dad’s B-24.


36 posted on 04/21/2013 7:03:09 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Inyo-Mono

I read once that the average life span of a B-24 crewmember was eight missions. To make it into the LBC, I thought you needed 25.


37 posted on 04/21/2013 7:12:21 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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