Do you know what the problem with terrorism is? John Kerry does.
He says the biggest problem isn’t that terrorism keeps happening, or that it’s killing innocent lives. No. John Kerry said the problem with terrorism is that people know about it.
So he thinks the media should simply stop covering terrorism so that “people wouldn’t know what’s going on.”
He expressed this brilliant idea while traveling through Southeast Asia, Mediaite is reporting.
“Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism,” he told a press gaggle in Dhaka, Bangladesh. “It’s easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.”
“But if you decide one day you’re going to be a terrorist and you’re willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. You can make some noise,” Kerry continued. “Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on.”
Genius, huh? Keep the American people in the dark about world affairs and they won’t even have a reason to complain, or be afraid, or angry, or anything!
Of course, blaming the media for reporting their abject failures is par for the course for the Obama Administration. Back in a 2015 interview with Vox, Barack Obama complained the media “absolutely” overstates the threat of terrorism. “If it bleeds, it leads,” he said. From Mediaite:
Vox Executive Editor Matt Yglesias asked Obama if he thinks the media “sometimes overstates the level of alarm people should have about terrorism” as opposed to longer-term problems like climate change and epidemic disease.
“Absolutely,” the president responded, saying he doesn’t blame the press for embracing the old adage, “If it bleeds, it leads.” Obama acknowledged that it’s lot harder to make climate change or cutting infant mortality a “sexy story.”
Speaking on Fox News, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton slammed Kerry’s comments.
“If you really think that less publicity would help reduce the terrorist threat, then really after you should apply for a job after you are secretary of state to be editor-in-chief of ‘The Onion,’” Bolton said, referring to the satirical newspaper.
Twitter had a field day with Kerry’s remarks, as well:
John Kerry suggests the media no longer report terror attacks. Great idea. Saves Obama from having to call them something else.
— WH PRESS SECRETARY (@weknowwhatsbest) August 30, 2016
— SteveS. (@algoma1954) August 30, 2016
Ignorance = Bliss: John Kerry tells the media how they can help fight (public perception of) terrorism https://t.co/0BwQhTLoet
— Jesseb Shiloh (@jessebshiloh) August 30, 2016
@JohnKerry Once again you prove to the world, what a dunce you are. Media should stop talking about terrorism and then it would go away. WOW
— Michael D46 (@mikedidi1964) August 30, 2016