Zero for 40 at Predicting Attacks: Why Do Media Still Take FBI Terror Warnings Seriously?

Desultory Heroics

By Adam Johnson

Source: FAIR

On Monday, several mainstream media outlets repeated the latest press release by the FBI that country was under a new “heightened terror alert” from “ISIL-inspired attacks” “leading up to the July 4th weekend.” One of the more sensational outlets, CNN, led with the breathless warning on several of its cable programs, complete with a special report by The Lead’s Jim Sciutto in primetime:

TerrorAlert

The threat was given extra credence when former CIA director—and consultant at DC PR firm Beacon Global Strategies—Michael Morell went on CBS This Morning (6/29/15) and scared the ever-living bejesus out of everyone by saying he “wouldn’t be surprised if we were sitting [in the studio] next week discussing an attack on the US.” The first piece of evidence Morell used to justify his apocalyptic posture, the “50 ISIS arrests,” was accompanied by a scary map on the CBS

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3 thoughts on “Zero for 40 at Predicting Attacks: Why Do Media Still Take FBI Terror Warnings Seriously?

  1. sojourner

    Scare tactics that more and more are having less effect on the people: The Boy that Cried Wolf tale! Liars, no matter how powerful, and their bald-faced lies will sooner or late be exposed! Truth is, in the end, always more powerful than the best lie!

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