What Kerry Meant To Say and What He Did Say

Sec. of State John Kerry visiting Bangladesh was speaking about the latest spate of terrorist violence.

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.

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