Boston Marathon bombing: Morning show coverage
As the search for answers in the Boston Marathon bombing continues, so does the extensive TV coverage. Here is a roundup of the reporting offered by the morning shows Tuesday.
Good Morning America: In Boston, George Stephanopoulos spoke with Bill Iffrig, the 78-year-old marathon runner who was knocked off his feet by the first blast. His fall was captured on video and has become one of the lasting images of the tragedy. Iffrig is fine and was helped across the finish line.
Another lasting image: The sight of bystanders rushing toward the wounded. GMA puts names to some of those heroes’ faces.
Today: Matt Lauer was in Boston as well and talked to several of the injured. Nick Yanni and his wife, Lee-Ann, spoke to Lauer from her hospital bed at Tufts Medical Center. The couple was just 10 feet from the marathon finish line when the bomb detonated. Nick considered himself “fortunate” to have suffered only a pierced ear drum, though he went into shock after seeing the extent of his wife’s injuries, which include an open fibular fracture for which she is awaiting a skin graft.
Lauer also spoke to Dr. Allan Panter, who was at the marathon to watch his wife Theresa compete for the 15th time. When the blast broke out, Panter, an emergency room physician, sprung into action and began to help the wounded. “I realized that all the people that had been to my left had gone down, and just started helping with the other bystanders, pulling people, actually, apart because they were laying in a pile, basically with mangled limbs and started working on each person as you could,” he told Today.
CBS This Morning: In an especially tragic coincidence, this year’s marathon included a touching remembrance of the victims of the Newtown school massacre. The marathon began with a 26-second moment of silence to remember each of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Runners from the town wore T-shirts dedicating each mile of the marathon to a different victim and a special marker was placed at mile 26, not far from the site of one of the bomb explosions.
CBS News‘ Elaine Quijano also reported on the incredible acts of bravery and kindness that broke out among runners and bystanders, many of whom ran alongside first responders to the scene to help the victims of the attack. “As just a team we really tried to work together to take care of the people coming in and that’s what we did,” one runner told CBS. “That’s what Americans do in times of crisis. We come together and we help one another,” Boston District Attorney Dan Conlyy said at a press conference last night. “Moments like these, terrible as they are, don’t show our weakness, they show our strength.”
Fox & Friends: Dr. Keith Ablow provided insight into why terrorism strikes fear into Americans, and Fox News Terrorism analyst Walid Phares declined to say whether his “gut” tells him this is was a domestic or foreign attack.