There has been so much absurd over-reaction to the San Bernadino shooting that it is hard to know where to begin cataloguing the follies. On his show Late Night with Seth Myers, Myers had an excellent commentary on the ridiculous way the story was covered, the absurdity reaching its peak when the media got access to the shooters’ home.
One of the issues that got Myers’s’ attention is the obsession by the right wing that unless you use the exact phrase ‘radical Islamic terrorism’, you are not serious about the issue and may even be some kind of secret terrorist sympathizer. So when president Obama in his speech on Sunday night did not use the magic phrase, there was predictable fury.
As Myers pointed out, “So [president Obama] used the words ‘radical,’ ‘Islam’ and ‘terrorism’ — he just didn’t use them in the right order. Which would be a problem if it was a spell and he was Harry Potter, but he’s not, so it isn’t.”
Of course, even if Obama had used that phrase, there would still be fury about something else because anger with Obama is now pretty much the norm, with reasons being manufactured as needed to justify it.