Why Was Boston A Bigger Story Than Texas?

At the outset, it seems obvious. The Boston bombing was a terrorist attack, and the fertilizer plant explosion was as far as we know, just an industrial accident. But the Texas explosion killed more people. Fourteen people were killed in the explosion, and about 200 were injured. In Boston, 3 people were killed and a little over 200 were reported injured by Boston area hospitals.

With the way the media fixate on the Boston victims who lost their lives, and in particular the 8-year-old boy, you’d think that they care about human life. More people were killed in Texas than in Boston. So, why aren’t they fixating on the greater loss of life in Texas?

Terrorism isn’t just about exacting physical harm on individuals. It might kill and/or injure relatively few people in the process (or a lot of people), but that’s not the main purpose. It’s mostly psychological. It’s supposed to scare the living daylights out of the entire nation. To terrorize people.

But that will only work if people are convinced to be afraid. And how do people find out about things these days? National media. And with the way they report things, it’s obvious that they try really hard to scare their viewers about things that are already bad enough.

I was listening to Wolf Blitzer on the radio during the Boston bomber manhunt. It was a “breaking news” update during Sean Hannity or Erick Erickson; one of those. It sounded like they were narrating a reality TV show. It was sick. I had to turn it off.

It also sounded just like Orson Welles’ radio adaptation of War of the Worlds that led many people to actually believe we were being invaded by aliens. Some reportedly committed suicide out of fear.

That’s what terrorism is supposed to do. To scare us into submission. And it wouldn’t work nearly as well without a willing, sensationalist media fighting a ratings war to be there right on scene to convince their viewers that the sky is falling, and that the only way to prevent this in the future is to submit to a complete police state.

Speaking of which, did you see the photos of Boston during the lockdown? Now that was frightening. I actually fear that more than any terrorist attack, and I’m not even joking. I would rather have to endure the rare terrorist attack than have to live like a prisoner in a Nazi-style police state. It’s like that saying:  I’d rather die a free man than live as a slave.

In a way, the whole Boston event, especially the aftermath, was nothing more than a way for local, state and federal “law enforcement” agencies to strut around and flex their muscles for the myriad news cameras that were following their every move. That’s all I gleaned from the coverage. I sure didn’t get scared of terrorists that may or may not be hiding under my bed. Just like I don’t get scared when I go outside that I might get murdered by someone, and I’m more likely to be murdered by some random criminal than die in a terrorist attack. Heck, I’m more likely to get struck by lightning than die in a terrorist attack.

This is why fear of terrorism is so irrational. But the media and political establishment have it down to a science with how to scare people into accepting more government control and loss of liberties. Isn’t that what the terrorists want? So the terrorists are the ones winning the “war on terror,” and our government and media are complicit.

If the Texas explosion really was nothing more than an industrial accident, then there’s nothing to gain from it politically, and therefore no incentive to give it wall-to-wall coverage. Even if a hundred people had died, it would be just a “local story.” Like Kermit Gosnell who murdered over 100 newborn babies and who knows how many unborn babies.

Whether or not the government had a hand in the Boston bombing, in truth, they and the media are the ones responsible for terrorizing people. On the flip side, people need to stop allowing themselves to be terrorized by them and understand that news networks are just businesses that need good ratings and profits to survive. They only go where they know they will be watched the most.