Ugh, I hate it when the media gets fear-mongering in their veins and we end up with headlines like: Official: NYC Suspect Did Dry Run Before Car Bomb
And this is a great scary whistle for conservatives, who keep warning us about the dry runs they've witnessed every time they see brown-skinned people acting suspicious (ie, having brown skin). But if you read the article, you see that this wasn't a "dry run." Rather, the guy was apparently scouting locations for the best place to put it, which isn't a dry run or a "dress rehearsal" as the article also called it.
But it sounds a lot scarier to think that this guy had already been practicing his attack in broad daylight, for an attack that didn't require any practice. I mean, it'd be one thing if he had parked a car in a nearby location to see what the reaction would be, but that's not the case. And that's exactly what scared conservatives always think is happening every time scary brown people scare them, but don't actually attack. They're not innocent; they're just testing us.
And so Colleen Long of the AP decided to play into that, describing a reconnaissance mission as a "dry run," because it sounds more ominous. And now, we should expect to hear fevered reports of dry runs every time a brown-skinned person drives around the block more than once, thanks to a media that's more interested in getting attention than getting the truth.