In a Vox interview released Monday, president obama spoke about the media’s tendency to inflate the dangers posed by worldwide terrorism and explained what he believes is the real danger facing the world.
Vox reporter Matthew Yglesias asked him whether the media “overstates the level of alarm people should have about terrorism” – an assertion with which Obama completely agreed:
Absolutely. And I don’t blame the media for that. What’s the famous saying about local newscasts, right? If it bleeds, it leads, right? You show crime stories and you show fires, because that’s what folks watch, and it’s all about ratings.
While many people can agree that the media tends to sensationalize violent events, it was Obama’s reference to the murdered Parisians in a Jewish deli that had viewers questioning whether the President was ignoring the religious implications of the victims and the terrorists who murdered them:
It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.
Obama’s description of the incident as “random” seemed to many to imply that the President gave no credence to the idea that the deli was targeted specifically because it served a Jewish population.
On Monday night’s Special Report with Bret Baier, commentator Charles Krauthammer called Obama’s belief on the “randomness” of these murders as “terrifying.”
According to RealClearPolitics, Krauthammer said:
We complain he doesn’t have a strategy in the war on radical Islam. The reason he doesn’t have a strategy is because he thinks there is no need for a strategy because it is random violence. People shoot up delis, people go around in other places and do stuff. They attach an ideology afterwards as a way to make it look legitimate.
Critics on Twitter were quick to point out that the victims were not “random,” nor were they just “folks in a deli”:
The President and Vox have definitely taken some heat for the interview, which was released in two parts. Other news outlets are even calling it a “recruitment film” for the President.
—Courtesy of IJ Review