Vox News, famous for explaining the news to its readers, snagged an exclusive one-on-one interview with President Obama.
Executive editor Matthew Yglesias asked the president whether he believes the media overstates the threat of terror in comparison to other issues, like climate change.
President Obama said he could not blame the media for the hype because it brings in viewers. He went on to say that the average American viewer does not care about stories about poverty rates or global climate change.
In an effort to protect the American people, the reaction to terrorism has to be like a big city mayor handles crime.
“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 said. “It is right and appropriate for us to be vigilant and aggressive in trying to deal with that–the same way a big city mayor’s got to cut the crime rate down if he wants that city to thrive.”
Claiming the victims of the Paris deli terrorist attacks to be random is bizarre. It has been widely reported and is well known that the murdered victims were targeted for being Jewish.
Obama also said that the strategy Washington has crafted to handle terrorism does not match up with the actual threats were out there.