AP Headline at AOL News Website: Motive of Times Square Suspect a 'Mystery'

May 5th, 2010 1:14 PM

"NY car bomb suspect cooperates, but motive mystery," an AOL News headline (see screencap at right) for an AP story published this morning.


Of course five paragraphs into the article, AP writers Tom Hays and John Christoffersen quote Attorney General Holder as saying:

Based on what we know so far, it is clear that this was a terrorist plot aimed at murdering Americans in one of the busiest places in our country...

Killing a large number of innocent civilians at once in a major American metropolis sounds like a motive in and of itself. It certainly was the motive for other radical Islamic terrorist operations, namely the 9/11 attacks.

What's more, other news outlets such as the New York Daily News have noted that one possibility investigators are considering is a "South Park" link, given the location of the bomb relative to Viacom's Times Square headquarters.

Viacom is the parent company of Comedy Central, which airs the irreverent cartoon.