In the age of instant news, nobody is allowed to make a mistake without it turning into some scandal. Kellyanne Conway goofed during an interview with Chris Matthews and referred to the ‘Bowling Green Massacre.’ There was no terrorist attack. She was referring to the following:
Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky — who later admitted in court that they’d attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq — prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists’ fingerprints.
Naturally, the media outrage machine kicked into gear immediately. The public flogging of Conway was swift and fierce.
USA Today: Kellyanne Conway invents ‘Bowling Green massacre’ to defend refugee ban
Washington Post: Kellyanne Conway cites ‘Bowling Green massacre’ that never happened to defend travel ban
CNN: Trump adviser cites non-existent ‘massacre’ defending ban
Chris Cuomo on CNN, behaved as though Conway conducted this long drawn out campaign to convince people a large-scale terrorist attack took place in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Here’s a question: Why didn’t Chris Matthews pick up on that, during the interview and follow up?
If it was common knowledge, why didn’t Matthews say, “Whoa. Hold on a second. What Bowling Green massacre? What are you talking about?”
Now at that point, if she had gone on to say there was a terrorist attack in Bowling Green, the criticism she received would be justified. But it appears that what she did was misspeak. She says it in passing, and Matthews immediately moves on and why? He likely knew what she was referring to and didn’t think much of it.
This is yet, another example of the media going to DEFCON1 on something, attempting to create some grand conspiracy, when it was likely just a mistake.