Boston Bombing: Alan Jones was right!!!

***UPDATE: turns out this was all a false lead. For my analysis of the real story, click HERE. I’m going to leave this up though, because it was funny while it lasted.

Everyone’s favourite Australian ‘shock jock’ Alan Jones has been widely criticised recently for these comments:

Alan Jones Boston Bombing Comments.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a conspiracy amongst students, left-wing radical students in Boston, and I think we have to think also very seriously here about our own student numbers,” Jones said on Sunrise.

“We’re very keen to have foreign students pay the way of universities in this country without a lot of discernment about who comes in. But I think the fact that we’ve been spared this kind of thing, touch wood, for so long highlights, as I said, the relentless work done by ASIO and all our police organisations.”

For example, one hipster blog had this to say:

Alan Jones Blames “left-wing radical students” For Boston Bombing – Pedestrian TV.

Australia’s leading expert in poor taste and bad timing has struck again after talkback radio host Alan Jones suggested that there could be a link between the tragic Boston Marathon bombings and radical left-wing student groups. Speaking on Channel 7’s Sunrise program, Jones was eager to speculate as to who could be behind the blast despite the assertion from US authorities that they were yet to have any suspects. …

Shut up Alan Jones!

But lo and behold, he may have actually been right about this one!

The Boston Police Department has reportedly identified the two suspected bombers as Mike Mulugeta and Sunil Tripathi:

One Boston Bombing Suspect Reportedly in Custody, One Remains at Large – Adam Clark Estes – The Atlantic Wire.

Update 3:00 a.m.: There was a mention on police scanners recently that the suspects in custody are Mike Mulugeta and Sunil Tripathi. The latter is a missing Brown student who was identified on Reddit as a possible suspect earlier this week. However, the chatter is not confirmed.

So who are these two? Well Mulugeta is proving a little elusive, but there are a few photos of Tripathi doing the rounds on social media. This one, for example:


That would be a Che Guevara shirt that he is wearing.

Guevara is not really an icon of Islamist terrorists or of right wing terrorists, so Tripathi does not seem to affiliate with either of the groups widely believed to be behind the bombings.

Who does idolise Guevara?

That’s right: left wing radicals. Just like Alan Jones said.

Who’s laughing now?

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  1. #1 by Liam on April 19, 2013 - 7:09 pm

    Couldn’t it just be fashion?

    • #2 by MK on April 19, 2013 - 10:46 pm

      My friend, you need to learn a thing or two about fashion. Che shirts went out years ago.

      • #3 by Liam on April 19, 2013 - 10:59 pm

        I didn’t say it was *good* fashion 😉

  2. #4 by jskaif on April 19, 2013 - 7:13 pm

    Every dick and his dog has a Che t-shirt.

    It’s not so much that Jones may have a viable idea (I’m blown away that he can form an idea half the time,) but maybe how he just postulates without much thought and is just obviously so right-wing etc. It’s hard to take him seriously.

    That said – I am and we all should take on the story with trepidation as we know media these days is first and foremost about wanting the exclusive, before the actual facts it seems.

  3. #5 by Joe on June 2, 2013 - 4:20 pm

    No, Alan Jones was not right!!!!!! So lets get that right to begin with. As usual his comments are swallow and reactive that simply suit his political preferences. And his audience swallow it hook, line and sinker, reinforcing intolerance and bigotry. He is a an odd chap that takes himself far too seriously. I have worked with him which was revealing.

    And yes the Che T-Shirt thing typically has nothing to do with political persuasion and all to do with fashion.


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