Kerry says the media shouldn't cover terrorism 'as much'

U.S. secretary of state John Kerry said at a news conference in Bangladesh that the press would “do us all a service” if they didn’t cover terrorism “quite as much.”

Out of sight, out of mind, I guess.

CNS News:

Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday during an appearance in Bangladesh that the media could “do us all a service” if they didn’t cover terrorism “quite as much.”

“No country is immune from terrorism," Kerry said at a press availability 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. 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.”

Kerry referenced the July 1st attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, calling it an “an outrage clearly designed to divide Bangladesh, designed to try to cut off this welcoming society from the outside world.”

“Dozens of smaller-scale attacks have been carried out during the past several years, often directed at members of religious minorities, foreigners, bloggers, and security officials, and the reason for this is obviously they want to divide you. They want to push people apart. They want to create internal strife,” he said.

Again, Kerry reiterated the tired mantra that terrorists are created because of poverty and hopelessness:

"It’s not just the battlefield; it’s the minds,” he continued. “And if we have too many young people who can’t go to school, or too many young people who are frustrated, or they can’t find a job – if we leave those minds out there for extremists to recruit, then it will continue, and none of us would be doing our jobs if we allowed that to happen.”

This is a man in denial who doesn't want the world to know he and his boss are so out of touch.  Kerry is correct in saying terrorist groups give recruits a sense of “identity, or purpose, or power.”  But how can he say that without explaining what the “identity” and “purpose” is?  It is an Islamic identity whose purpose is to advance Islamic supremacy around the world.  But Kerry doesn’t want the press to cover terrorist acts so intensely because the questions raised, including why, are so uncomfortable.

Kerry wants everyone else to stick his head in the sand about terrorism, too.  We would do well to ignore him.

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