John Kerry, Anti-Terrorist
By David Henderson
Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. 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. 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.
This is from a recent statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
The comment of the Fox News Channel announcer at the above link was dripping with sarcasm. She says “This is something else,” as if it’s crazy.
But it makes perfect sense. Ohio State University political science professor John Mueller, in one of the best, and best-titled, articles of the last decade, “A False Sense of Insecurity,” quotes the contention of Frantz Fanon, the 20th century revolutionary, that “the aim of terrorism is to terrify.” How do the media help do that? By hyping the threat from terrorism.
The Fox News announcer stated his position as follows:
Secretary of State John Kerry just came up with the solution to end violent terror attacks around the world and this is something else. His idea: tell the media to stop reporting on terrorism.
Notice the two differences between what Kerry actually and what the Fox News person said he said.
First, she said this was his solution to end violent terrorist attacks. He didn’t. Admittedly, he wasn’t clear what he was saying, but in context, it makes sense to conclude that he was with Mueller. That is, he understands that although this would not end the incidents that trigger terror, it would reduce the terror.
Second, Kerry didn’t suggest that the media “stop reporting on terrorism.” He suggested that they not cover it “quite as much.” Does she, or the person who wrote her script, see the difference? Apparently not.
I’m not nearly as big a critic of Fox News as some, but Fox News definitely earned the title Faux News today.