CNN: Media Overreacted to Boston Marathon Bombing

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Apparently two bombs by two Muslim terrorists who remained at large and continued their killing spree afterward, at a national event that killed several people, including an 8-year-old boy, and wounded 264 people, leading to 16 amputations, led to a media “overreaction“.

But when a Democratic Congresswoman was wounded by a lunatic who was caught at the scene, there was no overreaction.

BRIAN STELTER, CNN SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: You know this might be an unpopular opinion, but I wonder if the press overall in retrospect overreacted to the attacks in Boston. It was a very scary week. I was scared along with the rest of the country.

In retrospect I wonder if there was an overreaction in the press because considering the relatively low — low number of deaths and injuries. Now whether it was taken out of proportion, given all the other violence we see all the time. Because the word “terrorism” was applied, I think there may have been an overreaction for that reason.

Stelter, another of CNN’s repulsive cretins, neglects to mention that the relatively low rate of deaths was due to on-the-scene medical heroism and rapid hospital preparedness.

The first wave arrived with similar injuries: severed limbs, open fractures and puncture wounds from shrapnel. We worked to control patients’ bleeding, to “reduce,” or set, their badly broken bones in an effort to save their limbs, and to administer medication to help their pain and prevent infection.

No doubt Brian Stelter and CNN think the hospitals also overreacted.

“Then the second explosion happened, and the screaming and chaos began,” Beattie says. “I grabbed my cell phone and I texted my wife: ‘Bombs at marathon. I’m okay.’”

Dr. Beattie then sped across the tent to ask where he was most needed — in the medical facility or at the scene. Once he received instructions and quickly donned a pair of latex gloves, Beattie ran toward the area where the first bomb exploded on Boylston Street.

“I was running through a cloud of smoke,” Beattie says. “When the smoke cleared, there was a pile of bodies. The first victim I saw was a traumatic amputee. I took my belt off and made a tourniquet.”

While the doctor didn’t learn the fate of the first victim he encountered, the memory of the woman’s deep blue eyes is etched upon his memory. After hearing news reports, Beattie now believes the victim was Krystle Campbell, who grew up in Medford.

“It affected me a lot,” he says. Certain moments are vivid, indelible others feel like a surreal blur. “It still haunts me.”

Understandably, Beattie has had trouble sleeping and was “constantly reliving the scene,” thinking how he “could have done things differently or done more” to assist the victims.

But suppose a white supremacist group had set off a bomb in a mosque with the same number of casualties, would there be any CNN correspondent who would get up on his hind legs in front of a camera and suggest that media coverage was an overreaction?

  • Abdel

    “But when a Democratic Congresswoman was wounded by a lunatic who was caught at the scene, there was no overreaction.”

    But the Left thinks gun violence is on ongoing crisis that takes many lives, whereas terrorism in the name of Islam does not.

    All those people in Nigeria, who have been kiIIed? That was nothing, because they are not illegal voters, or they are black or they are Christian of for whatever reason the Left thinks they had it coming or were insignificant

  • marahnatha

    Exactly right. This is why CNN has such low rating. Liberals defend the nastiest language as free speech but want certain words banned, the ones they choose. They consider Wendy Davis oppressed by pro-life Christians but don’t care much how many women are stoned to death by Islamic thugs.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Overreacted? Tell that to the families who had members killed and
    the many who had legs blown off and going through many surgeries each.
    Overreacted is the typical response of the Left and Libertarians

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Just a fleshwound as a result of random workplace violence.

    You conservatives are all racists!

  • Patriot077

    So tonight I’m wondering if CNN wonders if the Russian media is overreacting to the bombing in Stalingrad. There weren’t too, too many deaths.
    Heck they don’t even think the Benghazi murders are any big deal. Glad I don’t need to watch the commie network news as they pave the way for shrillery’s run.

  • Carol Williams

    OVER REACTED??!! Is this guys nuts? Terrorist pigs planted bombs – on AMERICAN land – and caused death and maiming. No way was this over reacted to – if anything it was under-reacted to by the media. Muslim terrorists cause death and pain the world over, but people are afraid of hurting their feelings by telling the truth. Really – what if this guy had lost a leg – or his sight – his ability to be a writer – would he still sit back and say the media over reacted??

  • nitybianc

    I live in the Boston area and was at the Marathon. This kid is a Jihadist Terrorist as indicated by the bloody note left in the boat. Maybe if this reporter schmuck was one of the 240 people left without a limb, blinded, deaf or the countless with PTSD he would think otherwise.