In this age of instant reporting and tweets and blogs, there’s a temptation to latch on to any bit of information, sometimes to jump to conclusions. But when a tragedy like this happens, with public safety at risk and the stakes so high, it’s important that we do this right. That’s why we have investigations. That’s why we relentlessly gather the facts. That’s why we have courts. And that’s why we take care not to rush to judgment — not about the motivations of these individuals; certainly not about entire groups of people.
“Don’t rush to judgment about the motivations of those people who are trying to kill you!” So a couple of maniacs murder three at the marathon and severely injure and maim dozens more, kill a cop at MIT, wound others, and Obama’s lecturing you and me?
Oh, come on — I’m sure he’d have said the same thing if the Boston Marathon attackers had been members of the NRA or tea partiers.
The “don’t rush to judgment” advice comes from the same president who said Cambridge police “acted stupidly” before knowing any of the facts about the arrest of Henry Gates. And Obama sure didn’t seem to rush to judgment on the Trayvon Martin case, did he?
After the bombings, Obama’s own flacks were out there saying “we shouldn’t make any inferences about who could have done this even though it’s possibly related to Tax Day”: