Media Bonehead of the Day: Ted Koppel

Ted Koppel on how America’s “over-reaction” to the UndieBomber’s attempt to blow up the plane was an “absolute triumph for Al Qaeda”:

“We have responded so intensely that they must be sitting there wherever they are sitting these days, in their caves, thinking, ‘Not bad. I mean if we can do that with a failed attempt, just think what we can do with a successful one.’”

Is Koppel saying that if we’d act completely carefree about Al Qaeda’s attempts to blow planes out of the sky, we’d sap them of their motivation to do so because it would take some of the fun out of it? I think indifference has been proven to be an ineffective deterrent to terrorism, Ted. Increased passivity is what led to the bomber being able to get on the plane in the first place — if there was a triumph for Al Qaeda, that was it.

I don’t know much about Ted Koppel’s holiday travel itinerary, but it’s apparent what flight he wasn’t aboard on Christmas Day: