The dastardly Boston marathon bombing was an act of terror, and no sane person can deny that fact. Another fact that cannot be denied is this: The plot succeeded exactly as planned. After all, what do terrorists want but to cause fear and panic by using death and destruction? Immediately following the bomb blasts, almost the entire city of Boston was shut down. The media, as usual, contributed greatly to the panic by rushing to "scoop" each other reporting rumors and unconfirmed reports as "breaking news" and generally making a bad situation worse by strident speculation.