A defamation lawsuit in the making

You’ve all heard about it by now — how the New York Post, ever enterprising, ever defamatory — front-paged pics of a teenager named Salah Barhoum, “labeling him and a friend ‘Bag Men’ being sought by authorities investigating the Boston Marathon bombings.”

So wrote Mark Morales, Bev Ford and Stephen Rex Brown, in the Daily News.

I’m waiting for the lawsuit to drop. Because, as this kid said …

“This guy saw me going to this track meet and he called his friend on the phone, ‘Hey, that’s the guy on the news!’ Then I ran away…”

“I need security now to go to school!”…

“We’re just athletes. We love running and we love to watch running,” he said…

Nevertheless, The Post splashed the faces of the youths on its pages and suggested they were suspects. Even after the FBI cleared the pair, Post Editor-in-Chief Col Allan said, “We stand by our story”…

“I want the people who did this to apologize. I didn’t deserve this,” the teen said. “Colleges aren’t going to want me now.”

I guess the daring, intrepid, ahead-of-all-the-fake-news Post — one of Rupert Murdoch’s rags — will stand by the lawsuit I hope young Mr. Barhoum’s family files against them.

 

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