Secretary of State John Kerry chided the media for covering terrorism too much during remarks before the press on Monday in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
"Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism," Kerry said. "It’s easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you’re going to be a terrorist and you’re willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. You can make some noise. Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on."
Kerry received applause for his remarks, which appalled Fox Business host Stuart Varney when he played the clip Wednesday morning.
This is not Kerry’s first eyebrow-raising remark on terrorism. Comparing the Islamic State terrorist attack on Paris in November 2015 to the Charlie Hebdo massacre earlier that year, Kerry said the latter’s attackers had a "rationale" to kill the magazine’s satirical cartoonists.