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. (Applause.)
This was followed by a round of criticism and condemnation by conservatives.
However, I get what Kerry’s trying to say, which is that the media covers every instance of violence by a guy claiming to be a terrorist as if it were 9/11, which only distresses people unnecessarily and encourages copycats. So I get that.
But what he actually said was deeply stupid.