September 7th, 2014
12:42 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: Press panic over ISIS?

In the above video, Brian Stelter assesses media coverage of ISIS and asks whether the press is provoking panic about the terror group's intentions and abilities.

Stelter also spoke with Ron Fournier of National Journal and Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation magazine.

In a column earlier this week, Fournier quoted one of his readers who remarked, A decade ago, we all hopped on the bus so the White House could take us to war. Now it seems like maybe we're driving the bus."

Stelter shared some overheated comments from news anchors and commentators and said he can't help but wonder whether some "are letting their fears get the best of them."

"Bottom line," he said, "we journalists cannot let fear-mongering get in the way of facts."

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    September 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  9. L. Toupal

    I disagree. ISIS is the Nazi Party of our time. They're actually even worse, as even the Nazis knew when to quit, while the insane, delusional Islamist extremists will continue until either they are dead or we are. You cannot reason with people who are completely convinced that their god wants you dead, and that they we richly rewarded if they kill you, your family and your neighbors and even more richly rewarded if they die in the attempt. We stood by for 10 years and let the Nazis kill millions of Jews, Christians, political dissidents, mentally ill and handicapped people and anyone else they considered "undesirable". How many will we allow ISIS to kill before we do something about it?

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    September 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • Sjeggy

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    We must respond intelligently and not emotionally. General Wesley Clark has it right when he says ground troops in the middle east will only help the extremists and terrorists recruit. We cannot fight Syria, Iraq and ... Saudi Arabia's battles for them. We can support them from the sideline but we can no longer fight it for them.
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