David Rosenbaum, a reporter and editor for the New York Times,
as a result of a head injury allegedly received when he was mugged in
his upper-scale neighborhood in Washington. Problems with this:
1. Knocking someone out and then robbing them is an extremely
odd method of mugging. Unconscious victims can't give you their valuables,
the mugger wastes an assault on someone who may not even have anything worth
taking, the assault makes a big spectacle out of the mugging and is likely
to attract people looking to help, the assault means the police are much more
motivated to solve the crime, and, if you are caught, the assault means you
will be likely to receive a much longer sentence. You risk turning a relatively
minor matter into a murder. Muggers generally approach you from the front,
show a weapon or claim to have one, and demand that valuables be turned over.
It's a tried-and-true approach with a history of success.
2. Authorities are looking for two suspicious men,
seen leaving the area in a car.
They have a partial plate on the car. Hit men use cars and travel in pairs.
3. There is controversy over the matter as the ambulance
arrived very late.
Why did it arrive late? The initial responding unit reported it as being less
of a priority. Why? They thought he was drunk. Why did they think he was drunk
and not the victim of a mugging? Rosenbaum was still obviously wearing
his watch and wedding ring. The muggers had time to root around in
his pockets for a wallet they couldn't even be sure he had, but left the obvious
David Rosenbaum was a high-level NYT journalist, not the kind of
guy from whom you'd expect to get much real truth (he was no Gary Webb), but
had recently (a month ago) retired from the newsroom of an organization that
has a lot to hide. Was he hinting that he might reveal some of the secrets behind
the odd relationship of the Times to the Bush Administration (holding
stories of extreme national importance back for a year, and engaging in discussion
of what news is 'fit to print'), or behind the campaign of lies told by the
Times to help the Bush Administration trick the American people into the attack
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