Yes, what’s everyone getting so worked up about? It was just a jihad mass murder. It isn’t as if it was an attack from “right-wing extremists.” “CNN’s Brian Stelter: Media “Overreacted” To Boston Marathon Bombings,” from Real Clear Politics, December 27:
CAROL COSTELLO, CNN HOST: Brian, the kind of coverage that the media obviously is not going to change; I would predict that it’s going to be like this for some time to come and that’s partly why journalists are as admired as lawyers and car salesmen. And I apologize to lawyers and car salesmen. So what’s the answer?
BRIAN STELTER, CNN SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: Well partly, it is to seek out a variety of sources. I remember when I read about Glenn Beck’s comments, about that Saudi national, I was curious about him. So I was able to search other sources and you know it turned out a week and a month later. Places like Media Matters reminded us that Glenn Beck seemed to be wrong about that one.
You know this might be an unpopular opinion, but I wonder if the press overall in retrospect overreacted to the attacks in Boston. It was a very scary week. I was scared along with the rest of the country.
In retrospect I wonder if there was an overreaction in the press because considering the relatively low — low number of deaths and injuries. Now whether it was taken out of proportion, given all the other violence we see all the time. Because the word “terrorism” was applied, I think there may have been an overreaction for that reason.