Rachel Maddow ripped the New York Post on Thursday for what she called "another huge media failure" in the wake of the Boston bombings.
The Post had been criticized earlier this week for reporting that 12 people were dead and that a "Saudi National" had been taken "into custody," mere hours after the bombs went off in Boston. The publication later backtracked its reporting.
But the paper sparked outrage when it ran a photo on its Thursday cover of two marathon spectators who happened to be carrying backpacks while watching the race with the headline: "BAG MEN: Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon." Only one problem: they were completely innocent.
"The New York Post has not apologized for what they did and every print edition of that paper today all but names and pictures those two young men as the suspects," she said. "They are not the suspects."
Maddow showed the cover of the Post but blurred out the mens' faces. "I should note, in case this seems confusing, that the Post did not blur out these guys faces. We did — to put this on the air tonight," she said. "Because those two guys who the Post all but accused of perpetrating Monday's bombing ... these guys actually had nothing to do with it. But the Post put them on the front page and called them 'The Bag Men' anyway."
Maddow was not the only person to call out The Post for its cover. In addition to a chorus of critics in the press, Stephen Colbert also took a shot at the paper.