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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Out-Fox-ed by the facts

Let me start by saying I would never make light of a bombing like the one that occurred early Thursday in midtown Manhattan.

A potentially deadly explosion in Times Square, an area frequented by millions of people, is, indeed, unsettling and scary.

But I had to laugh this morning when Fox News – always given over to ridiculous exaggeration when reporting on the terror threat – referred to Thursday’s incident as “a sophisticated attack.”

Sophisticated? For heaven’s sake, a guy rode up on a bicycle and placed a small explosive device made so crudely that, when it went off, it damaged only a door and window a few feet away.

Planning a mass-casualty act of terrorism for several years and ultimately hijacking passenger jets and flying them into high-rise office buildings is a sophisticated attack -- despicable and horrifying, to be sure, but sophisticated nonetheless.

What happened on Thursday in Times Square was, thankfully, the work of a rank amateur.

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Blogger Jeremy Blaber said...

Nice meeting you the other day.

March 9, 2008 at 7:52 PM 

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