The New York Post, that bastion of careful and reasonable journalism, settled a defamation suit Wednesday with two men it misidentified as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. The sum of the settlement was not disclosed, but lawyers on both sides called the resolution “amicable.”
At the outset of the manhunt for two men who turned out to be Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Post ran two photos of Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi standing in the marathon crowd. One photo ran on the cover with the phrase “BAG MAN” in size-NYPost typeface (the paper insisted it was a play on words rather than an accusation), while another circled the men’s faces in red:
Barhoum and Zaimi submitted as evidence a Department of Homeland security email dismissing the two men as persons of interest. The Post, meanwhile, claimed it never named the pair or explicitly called them suspects in the bombing.
[h/t Associated Press]
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