At 3:38 p.m. Eastern, Huffington Post blogger and Al Sharpton radio producer Nida Khan speculated on Twitter that an anti-government group may be responsible for the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.
"We don't know anything yet of course, but it is tax day & my first thought was all these anti-gov groups, but who knows," tweeted Khan, who immediately received a lot of blowback on Twitter for politicizing the tragedy. But rather than back down, Khan defended her speculation in subsequent tweets like these:
- "So ...according to conservatives tweeting me, it's ok to highlight that it could have been a terrorist group, but not an anti-gov group, smh"
- "mainstream [media] does it all the time, and I was mentioning possibilities, also said could have been gas explosion"
- "But that's why I did it actually, wanted to prove a point about group blaming and clearly I was right"
- "No, I've got conservatives who never like to look in the mirror"
You can check Khan's Twitter feed here.
We don't know anything yet of course, but it is tax day & my first thought was all these anti-gov groups, but who knows
— Nida Khan (@NidaKhanNY) April 15, 2013