Father of high school ‘Bag Man’ might sue NY Post
The days following the Boston Marathon bombings saw a lot of hasty reporting from media outlets, but it was the New York Post that out did themselves once again.
The Thursday following the terrorist attacks the New York Post’s cover read “BAG MEN” and showed a photo of two young men in a crowd.
Turns out, the photo the Post plastered on its front page was of two high school students. The one whose face is most visible is a soccer player and track athlete named Salah Barhoum.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that El Houssein Barhoum, Salah’s father, is seeking legal counsel to review his options.
“A lot of people, they tell me that’s your right to sue them,” Barhoum said about finding a lawyer. “I will give him my case and he will study it.”
Barhoum said his son only gets one to two hours of sleep per night and refuses to go to school following the front page photo in the Post.
The Post’s front page prompted the Department of Justice to release a statement saying that any images not released by the FBI should not be considered credible.
Later that day the FBI released photos of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Even so, Post Editor Col Allan did not issue an apology.
“We stand by our story,” he said. “The image was emailed to law enforcement agencies yesterday afternoon seeking information about these men, as our story reported. We did not identify them as suspects.”
Barhoum told the Daily News that he and his friend are athletes and that they were at the Boston Marathon because “we love running and we love to watch running.”
According to the father, the New York Post has yet to apologize to the family, in private or publicly.
“If they won’t apologize, it’s not between me and the New York Post,” he said. “They should apologize on the newspaper. They should write something on the newspaper, not between us. If they make a bad image of your son, they should make a good impact just to correct.”
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