More Misreporting On The West Village Explosives Arrests


In a previous report about the couple accused of manufacturing explosives in their West Village apartment, I referred to Aaron Greene as "Harvard educated" based on earlier reports. The original report was by five New York Post reporters, and that information was also cited by the Associated Press, Reuters, and other outlets carrying the story.

But reached by telephone today, a spokeswoman from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government tells the Gothamist, "Aaron Greene did not attend Harvard Kennedy School, or Harvard undergrad."

The Harvard citation is the second detail from that New York Post report that has proven false, the first being the couple's connection to Occupy Wall Street. That detail was disproved in comments made by NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne to the New York Times. Kelly McBride, a senior ethics faculty member at the Poynter Institute, told The Village Voice:

"In a case like this, the best practices would suggest that The Post is definitely obligated to correct their mistake, both by updating the online version of the story and noting the error, as well as printing a correction in the paper to inform people who saw the mistake there."

It has also been reported that Aaron Greene previously stabbed a bouncer in 2005 with an eleven-inch butcher knife and served eight months in jail. The man he stabbed says that the altercation began after Greene stole his slice of pizza and stalked him through the Lower East Side—and soon after the stabbing he predicted Greene was more dangerous than authorities believed at the time. "I told the District Attorney that one of these days, he's gonna shoot up a schoolyard or blow up a federal building," the bouncer says. "But watch—he's gonna skate on these new charges, he's gonna get off because of his family."

Add "new parents" to the list of things the hippie couple has been called in the last few days. After being arrested on suspicion of terrorism when seven grams of highly explosive HMTD were found in their Greenwich Village apartment over the weekend, New York native Morgan Gliedman's arraignment was postponed on Monday so she could give birth to baby daughter Melody.

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