While news outlets were glued to coverage of the massive manhunt for one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings on Friday, Rupert Murdoch apparently had other things on his mind.
Media organizations and Twitter were tracking developments in Boston as police pursued 19-year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. News networks brought viewers live coverage of the chaotic scene in Boston throughout the morning, while Twitter exploded with reports of what was happening.
In the middle of all of that, Murdoch tweeted:
Why does British establishment protect famous alleged BBC paedophiles while demonising popular journalists.Toffs for toffs, hell to public
— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) April 19, 2013
The message made absolutely no mention of the morning's events.
Murdoch also owns The New York Post, which has been lambasted for its coverage of the bombings. On Thursday, its front page pictured two completely innocent men with the headline "BAG MEN: Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon." The cover was called "appalling," and a "new low" by critics, as well as blasted by Rachel Maddow. The paper, however, said that it stood by its story and the decision to run the cover.
Earlier, the Post was also intensely criticized for its coverage immediately after the bombings. The paper said that many more people had died in the attacks than turned out to be true, and had also pointed the finger at a Saudi man who actually had nothing to do with them.