Obama: It’s the media’s fault that people are worried about ISIS, you know

posted at 8:51 am on December 21, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

Look at things from Barack Obama’s perspective. Since when do jayvee teams rate such intense media coverage, anyway? When asked by NPR why (a) people have less confidence in his ability to keep the nation safe and (b) are more worried about ISIS in particular than ever, the rational response would be to point to the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. Instead, as CNN reports, Obama answers (a) by claiming that the White House has not done enough … in bragging about what they have done.

On (b), Obama lays much of the blame on the media for seeking ratings:

President Barack Obama acknowledged in an interview released Monday that his administration may have fumbled its anti-ISIS communications strategy, but he insisted the plan itself was working and suggested saturated media coverage of the group could be fueling terror fears in the United States. …

But he also pinned Americans’ renewed unease about terror attacks on U.S. soil to blanket media coverage of ISIS attacks. The November ISIS terrorist massacre in Paris, which left 130 people dead, led to “a saturation of news about the horrible attack there,” Obama said in the interview.

“If you’ve been watching television for the last month, all you have been seeing, all you have been hearing about is these guys with masks or black flags who are potentially coming to get you,” he said in the NPR interview. “So I understand why people are concerned about it.”

“Look, the media is pursuing ratings,” he added later. “This is a legitimate news story. I think that, you know, it’s up to the media to make a determination about how they want to cover things.”

Gee, I don’t recall Obama complaining about media ratings when they covered his ridiculous claim that “al-Qaeda is on the run” back in 2012. He didn’t complain about ratings when he and Joe Biden claimed that the war in Iraq was over and that they had won it. Obama didn’t seem to mind the media coverage of his dismissal of ISIS in January 2014 as the “jayvees.” Suddenly, now that his administration has to answer for their deliberate ignorance while a regional threat metastasized, now it’s the media’s fault.

Beats acknowledging his own fault, I suppose, but it’s not going to fool anyone.

Is it possible to overhype a threat? Sure, and the media has a long and inglorious track record over many decades in doing so. (Remember alar?) However, ISIS isn’t just some small network of malcontents like the Baader-Meinhof gang — which managed to do a lot of damage despite their size — but a terrorist army that has erased international borders, has committed a series of genocides, and has just transitioned into international terrorism. They are seizing control of the failed state of Libya that Obama and Hillary Clinton created, and now represent a serious threat to Europe. They are infiltrating a stream of refugees that Obama wants the US to welcome, and meanwhile we’re failing at vetting individuals to keep violent jihadis out under Obama’s leadership.

If you’re not worried about those issues and aren’t holding a seven-year administration accountable for them, you’d have to be an idiot. And if the media didn’t report those issues, they’d be the “jayvee team.”

The problem in this case isn’t the media. It’s the man who wants to keep shifting responsibility from himself to any entity handy on his way to vacation.

Note: Added second-to-last paragraph a few minutes after publication.


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More “Republican fearmongering” for verbaloon to gag on:

From Saturday night’s Democrat debate here in NH:

Hillary Clinton, speaking at ABC presidential primary debate in New Hampshire Saturday night, warned that gay rights, funding for Planned Parenthood and “Obamacare” would be reversed if the Republican Party takes the White House.

Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2015 at 12:22 PM

WE MUST DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE PEOPLE SHOOTING OTHER PEOPLE! IMMEDIATELY!

… unless it’s an organized terror strike from an external power. In which case, stop fearmongering. The only people anyone should fear is an angry white man at a gun show.

The Schaef on December 21, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Do schools count?
Elementary schools?
Movie theaters?
Beer distributors?
Women’s clinics?
How about South Carolina Church gatherings?
Sikh Temples?
Constituent meetings in parking lots?

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Oh I see. We’re just gonna go for the murder angle, regardless of the perp. Do 469 murdered in Chicago this year alone count? You know, more than in all mass shootings in the last 20+ years combined?

dorkintheroad on December 21, 2015 at 12:24 PM

22h22 hours ago
President Obama [email protected]
Zaevion Dobson died saving three friends from getting shot. He was a hero at 15. What’s our excuse for not acting? http://wpo.st/05Vy0

https://mobile.twitter.com/potus?lang=en

 
What’s our excuse for not acting because something rare happened, morans?

rogerb on December 21, 2015 at 12:27 PM

I totally agree with the point Obama is trying to make here.

Terrorist killings should take place away from public view.

The more cloaked they are, the greater the terror you experience.

Obama knows what every Hollywood horror-film director knows and that is you don’t show the person or creature that’s doing all the killing until the third act.

That’s how you build suspense. That’s how you keep the audience riveted and eating out of your hand.

But we’re not in Obama’s third act yet. We are far from reaching the point of denouement in his show of shows.

Obama wants it so that all you see for this part of his presentation is a just bunch of random people who are happy and innocently minding their own business but then suddenly and mysteriously are turned into headless corpses.

It might be okay for you to glimpse a flash of the scimitar as it swings, or see a fast-cut close-up of the detonator cord being yanked on the suicide vest.

But if the media keeps showing you who is actually responsible for these killings, well, frankly, that’s a spoiler and it’s bad for box office.

Obama wants the media to just show the pile of dead bodies, not how the grisly killings occur. That comes later after your terror has grown to the point where you’ll be begging for it to stop – and will be willing to sell your own soul to the government if that’s what it takes to get this white-knuckle rollercoaster ride to end.

He wants the media to be as careful about not giving away the show as you guys who are reviewing the new Star Wars movie are being careful not to reveal anything that would ruin it for audiences.

So, please try to get where Obama is coming from on this. He’s a creation of Hollywood and he needs to be appreciated as such.

Now sit back and be terrorized.

FlameWarrior on December 21, 2015 at 12:29 PM

2h22 hours ago
President Obama [email protected]
Zaevion Dobson died saving three friends from getting shot. He was a hero at 15. What’s our excuse for not acting? http://wpo.st/05Vy0

https://mobile.twitter.com/potus?lang=en

What’s our excuse for not acting because something rare happened, morans?

rogerb on December 21, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Whenever they want to start taking action to deal with the gang problem in American inner cities, I’m all ears.

The Schaef on December 21, 2015 at 12:32 PM

What’s our excuse for not acting because something rare happened, morans?

rogerb on December 21, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Why are you fearmongering, rogerb? Our president would NEVER exploit this tragedy in an attempt to scare us into supporting his position.

NotCoach on December 21, 2015 at 12:36 PM

Guns are not the threat the left says and needs it to be.
For so many of you, you’re just wondering if you’ll get killed by an assault weapon or an automatic 100 round clip.
Because you just know it’ll be on or the other.
(Step away from the twitter feed. Mrs. Clinton and the DNC have enough of your campaign money)

rogerb on December 21, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Be honest for a change.

urban elitist on December 21, 2015 at 9:42 AM

Perhaps if you tried first.

dominigan on December 21, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Be honest for a change.

urban elitist on December 21, 2015 at 9:42 AM

a place (Louisiana) where an avowed klansman was winning a majority of the white vote into the 90s

urban elitist on December 10, 2015 at 11:02 AM

What was that you were saying?

The Schaef on December 21, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Seriously??? President 0Bama is a total ignoramus now blaming media for people worrying about ISIS. Just ask the Assyrians, the only people left who speak the language of Christ, why they worry about ISIS. And what did the Assyrians do to be raped and pillaged and then murdered in cold blood by ISIS?

stuartm80127 on December 21, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Do schools count?
Elementary schools?
Movie theaters?
Beer distributors?
Women’s clinics?
How about South Carolina Church gatherings?
Sikh Temples?
Constituent meetings in parking lots?

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Do 469 murdered in Chicago this year alone count?

dorkintheroad on December 21, 2015 at 12:24 PM

100% they do.
Especially if it helps you and others here better understand the threat level of ISIS.

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 12:55 PM

From Saturday night’s Democrat debate here in NH:

Hillary Clinton, speaking at ABC presidential primary debate in New Hampshire Saturday night, warned that gay rights, funding for Planned Parenthood and “Obamacare” would be reversed if the Republican Party takes the White House.

Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2015 at 12:22 PM

I don’t see a chance at much rollback at any of those, whoever gets in the WH next.

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 12:58 PM

100% they do.
Especially if it helps you and others here better understand the threat level of ISIS.

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 12:55 PM

gotcha, you’re only worried about brown people when it’s a republican president bombing them.

HumpBot Salvation on December 21, 2015 at 1:04 PM

100% they do.
Especially if it helps you and others here better understand the threat level of ISIS.

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 12:55 PM

gotcha, you’re only worried about brown people when it’s a republican president bombing them.

HumpBot Salvation on December 21, 2015 at 1:04 PM

Try and follow.
Or don’t…and jump in with inanity like this.

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 1:11 PM

Try and follow.
Or don’t…and jump in with inanity like this.

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 1:11 PM

I’m following along. You’re an idiot. You’ve always been an idiot. You’ll always be an idiot.

Now here’s to the next ISIS attack in your city! And may it personally affect you and yours. Cheers.

HumpBot Salvation on December 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Try and follow.
Or don’t…and jump in with inanity like this.

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 1:11 PM

I’m sure the irony of your own comment is totally lost on you.

My that proof I asked for earlier yet?

NotCoach on December 21, 2015 at 1:21 PM

How Hillary Clinton And Barack Obama Created ISIS | RedState

Seven Percent Solution on December 21, 2015 at 1:40 PM

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Oh please. Don’t even pretend that you and your ilk give a rat’s behind about any of those dead in Chicago or in any inner city (unless it’s at the hands of a cop and the vast majority are not).

Any by the way, lest you forget, the body count in this country from Islamic terrorism is well over 3000. I don’t know how many more dead you idiots need before you realize it’s a legit threat. Why don’t you give us a number so we don’t annoy you further.

dorkintheroad on December 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Especially if it helps you and others here better understand the threat level of ISIS.

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 12:55 PM

We fully understand the threat level of ISIS.

It’s the people who lie about others inducing a “panic” about ISIS that need to check themselves.

The Schaef on December 21, 2015 at 2:11 PM

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 12:09 PM

You really are a sick SOB, you know? You think this is funny, but a lot of people are dead and injured due to the very stupidity you demonstrate.

Wow.

antipc on December 21, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Exactly. Allowed to happen by the stupid PC crew, the deliberate muslim terrorist supporters in our government and the indifferent turds who don’t take the threat seriously enough. Some have to experience 9/11 or Garland or Little Rock first hand.

dogsoldier on December 21, 2015 at 2:22 PM

HumpBot Salvation on December 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Unfortunately that’s what it will take, maybe. Sad really.

dogsoldier on December 21, 2015 at 2:23 PM

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 1:11 PM

Now here’s to the next ISIS attack in your city! And may it personally affect you and yours.

HumpBot Salvation on December 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Wowz.
That’s a pretty dang awful thing to say and wish for.
Can’t say I’m not bummed a little that nobody takes you to task.

I wish for you and your a joyous and healthy holiday and new year.

You won’t be hearing from me again.

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 2:50 PM

You won’t be hearing from me again.

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 2:50 PM

He’ll be devastated.

antipc on December 21, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Wowz.
That’s a pretty dang awful thing to say and wish for.
Can’t say I’m not bummed a little that nobody takes you to task.

I wish for you and your a joyous and healthy holiday and new year.

You won’t be hearing from me again.

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 2:50 PM

ISIS is nothing to worry about. You’ll be fine.

HumpBot Salvation on December 21, 2015 at 3:03 PM

You won’t be hearing from me again.

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 2:50 PM

If only that were true.

NotCoach on December 21, 2015 at 3:05 PM

That’s a pretty dang awful thing to say and wish for.
Can’t say I’m not bummed a little that nobody takes you to task.

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Well, this is the first I saw of it, and I for one would never wish harm upon anybody for any reason.

It’s gotta make you feel real good about your decision to single me out for exclusion, for the crime of asking you questions about the services provided by Planned Parenthood.

You could have had discussions where people asked and answered questions, and you opted instead for the people who wound up suggesting you wouldn’t be so flippant about the presence of ISIS in the United States if you were the target of their (lack of) threat.

I’m not thrilled with his behavior, but for your part, you are the victim only of your own choices with whom to interact, and my sympathy in that regard is not what you might describe as “total”.

The Schaef on December 21, 2015 at 3:27 PM

From Saturday night’s Democrat debate here in NH:

Hillary Clinton, speaking at ABC presidential primary debate in New Hampshire Saturday night, warned that gay rights, funding for Planned Parenthood and “Obamacare” would be reversed if the Republican Party takes the White House.

Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2015 at 12:22 PM

I will now stamp my feet and crossly refuse to call what Hillary did “fearmongering”, because I am happily going to vote for her.

verbaloon on December 21, 2015 at 12:58 PM

F-IXED.

Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2015 at 4:31 PM

To be fair to Obama, you’re actually more likely to be shot by a toddler with a handgun than a terrorist, so Obama was just thinking big picture.

urban effetist on December 21, 2015 at 9:11 AM

So you and O’bama are proposing that toddlers be banned now?

Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Be honest for a change. Admit that the right wing media and Republican presidential candidates are taking a legitimate fear of terrorism and whipping it into an unwarranted hysteria purely for political purposes.

If Donald Trump were speech writing for FDR, he would’ve written “the only thing we have to fear is Oh my God! Japanese under every bed!”

urban effetist on December 21, 2015 at 9:42 AM

Is that why Democrat President FDR rounded up hundreds of thousands of Japanese-Americans and locked them up after 12/7?

By the way, for every angry Japanese-American Democrat race-baiter like George Takei who uses FDR’s internment of “his” people as a political wrecking ball against the other side, there are also Japanese-Americans who were in those FDR internment camps who accepted what FDR was doing as the right thing to do after 12/7.

One of them was the family of my 6th-grade teacher in Kailua (ironically, where O’bama is spending $14 million as we speak to whine about how all criticism of him is Racist).

She and her family were put in one of those FDR camps within days after 12/7. She told our class the whole story one day. But they accepted their detention-especially since one member of their own family was killed by a falling Japanese bomb on the morning of December 7th!

PS: Your Democrat nominee, Madame Secretary, did plenty of fear-mongering of her own at the debate Saturday night. Clean up your own corrupt house first.

F-

Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2015 at 4:54 PM

verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 1:11 PM

Now here’s to the next ISIS attack in your city! And may it personally affect you and yours.

HumpBot Salvation on December 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Wowz.
That’s a pretty dang awful thing to say and wish for.
Can’t say I’m not bummed a little that nobody takes you to task.
 
verbaluce on December 21, 2015 at 2:50 PM

 
I suspect it’s because posters were convinced Obama is right on this and ISIS is not the threat the right says and needs it to be.
 
Congratulations.

rogerb on December 21, 2015 at 4:58 PM

To be fair to Obama, you’re actually more likely to be shot by a toddler with a handgun than a terrorist, so Obama was just thinking big picture.

urban elitist on December 21, 2015 at 9:11 AM

Probably because their preferred include illegally-modified rifles and homemade pipe bombs.

But who’s counting?

The Schaef on December 21, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Congratulations.

rogerb on December 21, 2015 at 4:58 PM

Hey, it’s only fair that someone else suffers the consequences of Verbies politics.

antipc on December 21, 2015 at 5:03 PM

Hey, it’s only fair that someone else suffers the consequences of Verbies politics.

antipc on December 21, 2015 at 5:03 PM

 
Don’t misunderstand, because I’d be the first to criticize Humpbot if he had referenced something that may actually happen like, for instance, a toddler shooting verbaluce’s family with a handgun, but I don’t see the point in chiding people for the equivalent of saying “I hope your house is destroyed by debris re-entering orbit from outer space.”
 
Again, terrorism is not an actual problem, so why would anyone need to be taken to task over the remark?

rogerb on December 21, 2015 at 5:23 PM

Yeah if we just kept all those dead people and their relatives quiet, swept up all that broken glass, and washed off all of that blood, we wouldn’t have a problem with radical islamic terrorism.

gordo on December 21, 2015 at 6:16 PM

Beats acknowledging his own fault, I suppose, but it’s not going to fool anyone.

Dreamer.

AesopFan on December 22, 2015 at 2:06 AM

He has made it official… Idiot in Chief!

snoozinglion on December 22, 2015 at 4:12 AM

Again, terrorism is not an actual problem, so why would anyone need to be taken to task over the remark?

rogerb on December 21, 2015 at 5:23 PM

See here, that’s the issue. Terrorism is an actual problem.

Just because any particular person has a small chance of being a victim of terror, doesn’t make it not a problem.

Keith_Indy on December 22, 2015 at 8:21 AM

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