Here is this morning's Intelligencer editorial titled "Kerry to Press: Shut Up."
During a visit to Bangladesh Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry had some advice for the press: Stop scaring people. Cut back on those reports of terrorist atrocities.
Kerry — who, incidentally, was in Bangladesh to seek more help in the war against terrorists — had this to say about the mass murderers: “Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on.”
No, they wouldn’t. Clearly, Kerry and his boss, President Barack Obama, would like that.
Move along. Nothing to see here. Let the authorities handle it . . .
Given the amount of time that I spend with news media, I thought it odd that I had not seen or heard the Kerry quote. I googled it and the results, for the most part, included a collection of right-wing sites (Breitbart, Washington Free Beacon, etc.). At the top, however, was Snopes.com which is a reliable fact-checking site for urban legends and Internet rumors. After getting an inquiry about the use of Kerry's quotes by similar conservative sites, Snopes looked into Kerry's remark and concluded that the quote needed the context of Kerry's complete speech to be correctly understood:
It is true that John Kerry said media coverage of terrorist acts might not be beneficial in efforts to reduce terrorism, and that he specifically said people "wouldn't know [what was] going on." But those two sentences are part of a larger speech in which Kerry warned wall-to-wall coverage of terror attacks "quickly feed the frenzy that can come with opposition and panic and hysteria," exacerbating tensions between civilians and terror groups, and possibly inspiring subsequent terrorist acts.
Read the entire Snopes analysis which includes the full context here -- you'll get a much different take on Kerry's message.