MSM Meltdown or Simple Misinformation?

Carol Platt Liebau

4/21/2013 9:22:55 AM - Carol Platt Liebau

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.