Remember this NY Post cover?
A glaring example of the consequences of media misinformation:
The April 18, 2013, cover of the Post featured a photo of two men near the site of the Boston Marathon bombing, with the headline, “Bag Men: Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon.” The story inside claimed that investigators were circulating the photos in order to identify the individuals. Soon after the Post ran its cover, it quickly became clear that the men on the cover were not suspects in the attacks.
The Associated Press reports today that the Post (which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.) has settled the defamation lawsuit brought against it by Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi, the men in the picture. According to AP, “Neither side would disclose terms of the settlement.”
Post editor Col Allan defended the decision to run the cover at the time, claiming the paper had never identified them as suspects in the bombing and that they “stand by our story.” In an email to Media Matters, Allan said, “We made no judgment about the men. We simply reported the facts.”
Read the full article about the NY Post's settlement here.
During rehearsals, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton found out that they both hated the new Volkswagen Beetle with a passion, and for the scene where Tyler and The Narrator are hitting cars with baseball bats, Pitt and Norton insisted that one of the cars be a Beetle. As Norton explains on the DVD commentary, he hates the car because the Beetle was one of the primary symbols of 60s youth culture and freedom. However, the youth of the 60s had become the corporate bosses of the 90s, and had repackaged the symbol of their own youth, selling it to the youth of another generation as if it didn’t mean anything. Both Norton and Pitt felt that this kind of corporate selling out was exactly what the film was railing against, hence the inclusion of the car; “It’s a perfect example of the Baby Boomer generation marketing its youth culture to us. As if our happiness is going to come by buying the symbol of their youth movement, even with the little flower holder in the plastic molding. It’s appalling to me. I hate it.”