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Worst reactions to the Boston explosions

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Worst reactions to the Boston explosions

Update – April 16, 10:15 a.m.: The reactions continue:

Jim Hoft, a blogger for the Gateway Pundit, blamed Obama in a post titled: “Worst. President. Ever… Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack Cements Obama Legacy as Complete Failure.”

Patrick Dollard, a contributor to Breitbart News, tweeted:



Sean Hannity cut news footage of the attacks into a montage set to music – music that Deadspin observes sounds very similar to “Doctor Who” theme song, “I Am The Doctor.” Video of Hannity’s segment is here.

And amidst the misinformation flying around throughout yesterday, the New York Post did not help with this tweet, which misreported the number of deaths in the attack.



Officials said Tuesday that three have died so far.


From earlier:

Information is still continuing to unfold about the attacks at the Boston Marathon on Monday, and a number of pundits already have had inappropriate or ill-timed reactions to the explosions.

Here are some of the worst:

Fox News contributor Erik Rush tweeted, then deleted: “Everybody do the National Security Ankle Grab! Let’s bring more Saudis in without screening them! C’mon! #bostonmarathon,” then responded to a tweet asking if he was “already blaming Muslims”: ““Yes, they’re evil. Kill them all.”

You can see screenshots of his tweets here.

Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto tweeted, then quickly deleted, a dig at Obama, which has been preserved by a retweet by Foreign Policy contributing editor Daniel Drezner:





Anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller blamed “Jihad in America” on her blog, based off of a sketchy New York Post report that police suspected a Saudi national in the explosions. She then continued to tweet:



Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin took the opportunity to take a pot shot at her colleague Sarah Kliff, related to the Kermit Gosnell controversy. Kliff outraged antiabortion activists when she tweeted that she has not been covering the case because “I cover policy for the Washington Post, not local crime.”




New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof tweeted, then deleted: “[E]xplosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment.”



And AdWeek came out with this story:




Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at



  1. […] 1.  We still know practically nothing about what happened yesterday.  I’m begging everyone to not speculate about the perpetrator(s) or the motives, and to politely but firmly shut down anyone who does. […]

  2. One tweeter (maybe he’s a twit!) said that George Bush kept the U.S. safe for 8 years. Did he forget that Bush was president on 9/11?

  3. #1 The planning of 9/11 began long before Bush took office genius. Then, guess what? He did keep us safe. History will paint Obama as one of the worst presidents ever.

    #2 What about morons like the ones from MSNBC trying to pin it on the Republicans. Chris Mathews had his typical mindless rant for instance.

  4. […] people used the attacks to talk about non-important issues like Barack Obama’s presidency, security at baseball games, social media posts from businesses, etc., a…. Gawker has a list of all the conspiracy […]

  5. […] anyone else who was mildly Middle Eastern looking to be the culprits; such reactions are catalogued here and here, amongst other […]

  6. […] before Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured last Friday, people have been quick to assign blame for the explosions in Boston, assuaging their fears by holding someone […]

  7. […] before Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured last Friday, people have been quick to assign blame for the explosions in Boston, assuaging their fears by holding someone […]

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