From the outset, the reporting of the Islamist terror threat was distorted to reflect this dominant simplified narrative. […] All three – the neoconservatives, the “terror journalists”, and Bin Laden himself – effectively worked together to create a dramatically simple story of looming apocalypse. It wasn’t in any way a conspiracy. Each of them had stumbled in their different ways on a simplified fantasy that fitted with their own needs.
Worth a read.