Today witnessed some striking examples of a long-standing American tradition: groundless political speculation from the media following a terrorist attack.
Chris Matthews suggested a "tax day" tie-in, implying that perhaps anti-government could be the motive for the bombings.
The "explosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment," tweeted the NYTimes's Nicholas Christof. He's since retracted.
Meanwhile Alex Jones of the right-wing site Infowars suggested the government might be responsible: "Our hearts go out to those that are hurt or killed #Boston marathon - but this thing stinks to high heaven #falseflag."
The NY Post's report that a Saudi national is being held under guard at a hospital came under fire from the Washington Post. However, the "Saudi in hospital" story has a good deal more credibility than speculations about "right-wing extremists." CBS is also reporting that a Saudi man is being questioned, and Politico independently reports that a "person of interest," a foreigner, is being treated at Tufts Medical Center. The NY Post is sticking to their story, which is still live and unchanged on their site.
More questionably, the Daily Caller has attached a photo montage of the 9/11 hijackers to their story, presumably to remind readers how deadly Saudis can be.
Boston police have denied several times today that any suspect is in custody or under guard.
CNN has drawn ire because one of their experts speculated that "right-wing extremists" could be behind the Boston explosions - but in fact the expert gave equal weight to the possibility of Al Qaeda involvement.
Via the NYPost and CNN.