History Main / WorstNewsJudgmentEver

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** Played with in a Halloween episode:
--->'''Kent:''' [grim] And those little kittens played with that ball of yarn, [despondent sigh] all through the night. [perks up] On a lighter note, a Kwik-E-Mart clerk was brutally murdered last night.

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** Played with in a Halloween episode:
--->'''Kent:'''
the "Treehouse of Horror IX" story "Hell Toupée:
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[grim] And those little kittens played with that ball of yarn, [despondent sigh] all through the night. [perks up] On a lighter note, a Kwik-E-Mart clerk was brutally murdered last night.
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* For many of these real-life examples that occur in modern times, it is important to remember that most people in advanced nations no longer bother to read newspapers and instead get their information on the internet. Therefore, ''they only read the stories and articles that interest them.'' It was the same way back when newspapers had their heyday, but back then if you wanted to read the one story in the newspaper you were actually interested in, you had to buy the whole paper. Now, if you go to the Fox News, CNN, or MSNBC webpage, there may be hundreds of stories, but you're only going to point-and-click-and-read the ones you want to. This is why that often insignificant celebrity gossip or events that are trivial in terms of the big picture are prominently displayed on the page.
* During the height of the Paris Hilton nonsense (covered in more detail below) surrounding her going to jail, when on-air anchors were ''loudly'' voicing their displeasure at having to report on such a unimportant event, one of the the senior editors for a news site wrote a concise article where he put the responsibility right back where it belongs, ''on the people reading the news.'' He wrote that while he personally could not stand Paris Hilton, could not stomach the fact that he was writing about her, and (like everyone else) heartedly wished she would go away, ''she was the only thing that people wanted to read about.'' He also said that there were plenty of links on their web page to actual, important news, ''but no one was reading them.'' Everyone was clicking the links for the Paris Hilton stories and breathlessly reading those. These created a monster that fed itself.\\
He had to get people to come to his news web page in order to get page views, the more page views he had, the more popular his site was, the more popular his site was the higher it was on the radar of the advertisers who bought ad space, and the more advertisers who bought ad space, the more revenue he could earn that would allow him to earn a profit and stay in business. It was only commmon sense, therefore, to give the people what they wanted in order for him to stay in business. He finished by saying that knowing all of that didn't make him feel any better about himself for running a Paris Hilton story.
* Many small-town newspapers -- in particular mom-and-pop run weeklies, with circulation in rural communities and where the owners and/or news staff have little to no actual journalism training or news sense -- tend to emphasize "chicken dinner" stories (e.g., "Church supper draws 300 people"), social events, personality features, or fluff anecdotes about nothing in general above actual news. Much like the fictional example given in the lead of this article, the headlines run front page above the fold, with oversized photographs and large-font headlines emblazoned across the page. Actual news -- a fire, crime, or controversial issues affecting local government/schools -- may be buried deep in the paper or completely ignored. While some editors say this is because the event in question may be several days old and in their mind covered sufficiently by competing media (i.e., TV and daily newspapers in the paper's circulation area) with more resources, others do this because of their lack of training/skill/news sense, or the staff's priorities (for instance, a perception that their readers want "good news" over the negative).
* The term "junk food news" is used by some sarcastically to define news they say is "sensationalized, personalized, and homogenized inconsequential trivia." Critics contend that such news -- often celebrity/show business/Hollywood rumors, the latest (ultimately short-lived) fads, dubious medical/consumer advice/claims/research that is little more than a pitch for some useless product, major sports events/rumors, certain criminal trials (e.g., the murder trials of O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony), "weird" news, "humorous" police blotter items and "chicken dinner fluff" -- take the place of serious, investigative/watchdog journalism. For example, a news story recounting the legal troubles of Lindsay Lohan might receive banner news attention while a story about, say, a binding referendum that could expand or scale back gun control policies, or a vote on requiring an ID to purchase cleaning fluid, gets little to no attention. More can be read [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junk_food_news at that other Wiki]]. Supporters of the "junk food news" theory might claim that such news detracts from a journalist's actual mission (to keep government in check) and has allowed -- either by acting passively or as part of some larger "conspiracy" -- government to, in their words, "infringe on the rights of others." Those who debunk that argument will counter with claims that actual news is given sufficient coverage and that the public is interested in pop culture (e.g., how their favorite team did if they've played in a championship game, the latest news on Michael Jackson, etc.).
** With regard to police news, many newspapers will publish a listing of police calls from within the cities and counties within the circulation area, and on occasion such calls will involve unusual circumstances (e.g., officers finding a boa constrictor while searching a car trunk for stolen goods, a drunk driving suspect who was totally naked). While virtually everyone would agree such calls are a matter of record, regardless of the circumstances, and more often than not merit separate stories, the disproportionate emphasis on the "offbeat" calls and such getting banner headline coverage (above serious police/crime/court stories) is the point of contention.
** In addition to "humorous" police news, some critics contend that "missing white woman" (i.e., "damsel in distress") stories, or stories about a search for a missing person the media supposedly portrays as "sympathetic", get disproportionate media coverage over serious reporting on police issues and criminal/court proceedings. The term "MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome" comes from the victim of such incidents, usually a young, attractive white woman of a middle to upper-middle class background, often illustrated through extensive use of formal photographs and other pictures of said victim in "happy times" with family and friends, and interviews with close friends and family (often tearfully pleading for the safe return of their friend/daughter, even though they know it isn't going to happen). In contrast, except if they are sufficiently well-known that their disappearance cannot be ignored or if the editor/publisher's values are different than larger media, men and/or the women who don't fit the stereotypical "totally hot babe" definition (e.g., a fat, ugly short woman) frequently gets none of the coverage... or if they do, get buried deep in a little-read section of the newspaper under a small headline. More can be read [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_white_woman_syndrome at that other Wiki]].
*** Parodied by Website/TheOnion with "[[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/30112 Ugly Girl Killed]]"
** [[http://www.projectcensored.org/ Project Censored]] annually complies a list of stories it says were the most ignored and/or underreported by the mainstream media during the past year; the 2011 top "ignored" story was "More soldiers committed suicide than died in combat in 2010." Supporters say that pop culture, personality features and "chicken dinner" stories with little or no actual headline value get preference over the actual stories.
* This sometimes cannot be avoided, often when a major news event occurs just as the paper is about to go to press. Unwilling to recompose the layout, some editors will simply drop the major event in a corner and leave the rest of the front page intact. The same thing can happen with news magazines which are written well ahead of being put on shelves. In other words, something similar to AnimationLeadTime. For example, the [[http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/hr_archive.asp?fpVname=IL_DCN&ref_pge=gal&b_pge=4 May 2nd 2011 edition of the Danville Commercial-News]] led with an article about a local shopping mall agreement, relegating the death of UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden to a single column halfway down the right of the page.
** This can appear to be the case for newsmagazines (''Time'', etc.) that are printed and on the newsstands well in advance of the date printed on the cover.
* ''Series/MockTheWeek'''s 2011 series made no mention of the phone hacking scandal that came to a head in July 2011, because the news ''really'' broke after they'd finished filming the last full episode. The continuity announcer was almost apologetic in this respect.
* Happened all the time in the 1930s {{Newsreel}}, which was always geared more toward light entertainment than the dissemination of information. In a decade when North America witnessed (among other things) more bank runs, home foreclosures, protest marches, public works programs, constitutional controversies, and natural disasters than it would ever be possible to mention on a single page, the most obsessively promoted story in the newsreels was... the Dionne Quintuplets. These were five identical little girls born to a French-Canadian family from Ontario, and their appearance marked the first mass-media coverage of multiple births in history. Newsreel reporters tirelessly covered the Dionne girls as they grew up throughout the 1930s, as they were at the time the only known case of surviving quintuplets. Unfortunately, their remarkable situation was exploited both by their physician and by the Canadian government when the Dionnes were taken from their parents as infants and used/abused as a ''tourist attraction''. The Other Wiki has the entire sordid story [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionne_quintuplets here]].
** The whole hullabaloo was parodied more than six decades later in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Quintuplets 2000," which had the townspeople becoming obsessed with some ''Romanian'' quintuplets in a story that also doubled as commentary on the then-current [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elian_gonzalez Elian Gonzalez case]].
** Then there were the criminals of the time. In the first part of 1934, there were often going to be a couple of newspaper stories on bank robber John Dillinger on a daily basis -- especially in Midwestern cities.
* Extremely high-profile celebrity deaths, such as those of Princess Diana and Music/MichaelJackson, and their aftermaths aren't exactly ''unimportant'', but they have an alarming tendency to dominate international media for weeks on end at the expense of equally or more newsworthy stories. Diana's overshadowed the death of Mother Teresa the same week, and Jackson's death (especially in the U.S.) seemingly overshadowed any other story of the summer of 2009, from Iranian voter revolts to North Korean missile tests. TwentyFourHourNewsNetworks are especially bad about this.
** For all the coverage Whitney Houston's death got, you could be forgiven for thinking she only ever sang [[SmallReferencePools one song over and over again for her entire life.]]
** Alongside that, celebrity disappearances, such as [[FanNickname John-John]], UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's son, get oodles of media attention even when there's nothing to actually report ''on''.
** Regarding Michael Jackson's death, KNX 1070, a news radio station in Los Angeles, created a new section, "The Michael Jackson Update," for any little bits of information regarding his death. This section went on for at least a month and was repeated each hour.
* Yahoo News is notorious for this; its headlines are very rarely useful at all. In the UK, they seem to be obsessed with Music/CherylCole, often reporting the tiniest bit of information about her. They seem to think it's amazing that she couldn't break into the U.S. market. Her overexposure in the news may actually have caused people to become sick of her out of HypeBacklash.
* In early 2000, a panel of American journalists selected and ranked "the 100 most important news stories of the last century." Even allowing for a bias in favor of ''American'' news their judgment was a little questionable, especially since stories that were reported upon ''as they happened'' -- as opposed to even more terrible events the world learned about long after they happened -- were given higher priority. Granted, ''[[AMillionIsAStatistic number of fatalities]]'' does not directly equate to ''newsworthiness''. Examples:
** The Holocaust -- which killed 11 million people, yet wasn't made public until it was too late -- finished in seventh place, right below the assassination of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, which killed one.
** Babe Ruth's 60th home run made the list, while the Cambodian genocide of the '70s didn't.
** The seven people who died in the ''Challenger'' explosion were seen as a bigger deal than the 20 million people who starved to death in China's Great Leap Forward.
** Nixon's resignation as a result of Watergate was counted a more important story than the German invasion of Poland which started World War II.
* The November 5, 2008 Edition of one Oklahoma newspaper made no mention of [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama who won the presidency]], only noting that [=McCain=] won the county.
* Lampshaded by Rosie O'Donnell. Her legal troubles made the front page on several newspapers, on day when over a dozen soldiers were killed in Iraq. "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q2EPKKVrqI We interrupt this story that is coming from Iraq, cause Rosie's suing Donald; Donald's suing Rosie back.]]"
* North Korea's second nuclear bomb test was lost in the UK among stories of [[Series/BritainsGotTalent Susan Boyle]] and Katie Price. (If it had worked, there would be more commotion.) The only reason that most people in the UK became aware of this story was due to a radio newsreader who, due to a slip of the tongue, announced that North ''Yorkshire'' had tested the bomb. The clip was repeated endlessly over the next few days.
* December 2007/January-February 2008: In the U.S., NFL Playoffs and anything remotely having to do with the New England Patriots completely eclipsed the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the first woman to be elected as the leader of a Muslim nation, and the election that marked the return of Pakistan to something more closely resembling democracy.
* Since ''Hard Copy'' was canceled in 1999 and most of that show's staffers moved over to ''Series/EntertainmentTonight'', their definition of "Entertainment" seemingly consists of reality show stars' foibles, anorexic twins, triple team coverage of Jennifer Aniston getting a latte, and Vanessa Minnillo getting dirty looks while wearing a fat suit. The box office gets covered in a shameful fashion, any actual breaking news gets less coverage than the "ET Birthday Quiz", and film critic Leonard Maltin has given up on getting more than 20 seconds on the show and does all of his true reviewing on Reelz Channel. Also takes the trope of ViewersAreMorons to an extreme ("Real or rumor: This film premiere took place last night. That is real!").
* The Colorado "Balloon Boy" incident. It's almost as if the family [[TakeThat orchestrated it just to show the media's ridiculous priorities.]] Denver stations showed the whole thing live (as did the major cable news networks), and focused on the story for a while afterward. It was even lampshaded by cable news channels, which spent a [[HypocrisyNod considerable amount of air time discussing whether or not they should be covering the incident]].
** ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': "On Thursday, a boy hid in a box. I guess that was a faster way to tell that story."
** Most local news stations tend to cover disasters like plane crashes and the like from a regional angle, even if it has no connection whatsoever with the state or the local area: "No Wisconsin residents were on board the XYZ Airlines flight which crashed enroute from Atlanta to Los Angeles."
* One day in Spring 2009, the Northern Ireland section of BBC News Online was headlined with "Dog found wearing sunglasses". ''With a picture of said dog.''
* On March 5 every year in the UsefulNotes/UnitedKingdom, well, it seems to be the day for this. Celebrity news and so-called funny stories dominate the headlines, with everything else... well, sidelined.
* Soviet newspapers famously assigned Moon landing of Apollo 11 to the same level of importance as several Polish films being aired on TV. As opposed to some examples, it was due to politics, not infatuation with stupid gossip.
* The separation of Cheryl Cole (née Tweedy) from Ashley Cole, in the week that the British MP expenses' row investigation was ''still ongoing''. This even led to the affair being dubbed by one pundit on a radio station as "[[{{Scandalgate}} Cherylexpensegate]]."
* When Creator/{{CNN}} had their Windows 2000 computers struck by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zotob Zotob computer worm]] the network inexplicably spent three hours covering it as a live breaking news story when it was just mainly confined to their computers and not really causing all that much havoc beyond late night mocking and the Turner IT team having to fix every computer in CNN Center.
* When Tiger Woods returned to golf, it was second or even first priority on the news. Wonderfully parodied by ''Magazine/PrivateEye'', who ran the headline "''Man Who Plays Golf Plays Golf''".
* In general, a frequently raised criticism of twenty-four-hour news services is that it leads to this; instead of providing everything that's happening, what usually happens is that the news services pick one 'main' story and thrash it to death. This inevitably leads to situations where there's constant coverage of next-to-nothing happening around the 'main' story which nudges out 'lesser' stories which actually ''are'' occurring. The stereotypical example of this is reporters standing outside someone's house delivering reports which run along the lines of, "Well, nothing's happening right now -- but we'll be the first to tell you when it does!"
** It also leads desperate reporters to engage in wild conjectures in order to fill up time -- conjectures that may stick in the minds of viewers. This is especially true in the case of major plane crashes, where reporters seem to be congenitally incapable of refraining from looking for oversimplified, sensational, terrifying, and ''universally wrong'' explanations for the accident.
*** Remember the dead baby in the restroom at the Superdome during Katrina? A completely unfounded rumor, reported as news by every 24-hour news channel.
* Did anything else happen in the state of Florida on the night of July 8th, 2010? Every single newspaper in the state, or at least the southeastern part, put aside stories like the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, the state Legislative session being extended to deal with said spill, the Palm Beach County teacher's union at an impasse with the school district, the Russian spy controversy, a Pakistani suicide blast, and other news to focus on [=LeBron=] James announcing that he will sign with the Miami Heat.
* [[http://porrag1.tumblr.com/ Porra, G1!]] is a Brazilian Website/{{Tumblr}} that covers big news website mistakes (from simple misspellings to big ones such as writing "Players only returned to practice in the next Friday") and examples of this trope (one of the best so far: "Google employee rides his bike in front of the company's building in Zurich").
* News about the Comprehensive Spending Review in Britain, containing the most wide-ranging budget cuts for years, was quickly overshadowed by a football player signing a new contract with his club, and all sorts of ''important'' stories like that same player's wife getting a boob job.
* A local newspaper in Nottinghamshire decided to print a story about Michele Bachmann on pages 4 and 5, with an article about her for some [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment random reason]]. Particularly odd was the fact that there was major news on that day about the financial markets in Britain.
* The local FOX affiliate for Jacksonville listed the most important news stories of 2010. What made this list instead of the Wall Street bailouts, the Stimulus Package, the Matthew Shepard Anti-Gay Hate Crime laws, the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq, or Arizona's immigration laws? Creator/LindsayLohan being sentenced to rehab again.
* The tabloid series ''Inside Edition'' seems to exist solely to report every move Bristol Palin makes. Yes, they have stretched a brief news story from 2008 across several years.
* The ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Star]]'' often prioritises gossip over news, and as such runs into this quite a lot. Most notably, the UN sanctioning action in Libya was relegated to page ''nine'', after [[PageThreeStunna a model's tits]], coverage on the personal life of Katie Price, whose last action of note was in ''2004'', and UsefulNotes/ComicRelief. The front page didn't even ''mention'' Libya. At the same time, its stablemate, the ''Daily Express'', was more concerned with petrol prices than covering the actual conflict.
** The Daily Express is notorious for finding any excuse to put stories about Princess Diana on the cover (especially conspiracy theories about her death), which has earned the paper the nicknames Diana Express, Di'ly Express and Daily Ex-Princess. When other papers were reporting Saddam Hussein's death sentence, the Express ran with: SPIES COVER UP DIANA 'MURDER'. In 2007 this was temporarily replaced by the [[MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome Madeleine McCann kidnap story]], which the Express ran on ''one hundred consecutive front pages''.
*** [[Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou "The Chicago Tribune's headline read "Dewey Defeats Truman", but due to the time difference, Britain's Daily Telegraph had "Truman Defeats Dewey"; the Times had "Truman Defeats Dewey"; and the Daily Express went with "Princess Diana To Be Born In Twelve Years' Time.""]]
* On April 8, 2011; Portsmouth, Virginia Creator/{{NBC}} affiliate WAVY-TV began covering the story of a baby black bear running loose in Virginia Beach on their 5:00 newscasts. Where this becomes an example is when they stayed with the story for much of their remaining newscasts (even pre-empting NBC Nightly News in doing so). All this was begin covered to where there was little mention in those newscasts of the potential threat of a government shutdown due to disagreements over spending cuts in the Congressional budget. Ultimately, the bear was lowered down just as WAVY switched to NBC's prime-time lineup.
* On September 11, 2012 NBC's Today Show controversially decided to skip coverage of the annual September 11th Memorial Services in New York and Washington D.C. to continue a scheduled interview with Kardashian mother Kris Jenner. ABC and CBS both showed the coverage live even interrupting programming on the West Coast (the memorial was showing live on the East Coast) to show the memorial. Notably New York NBC affiliate WNBC did interrupt the program during the interview to show their own local coverage of the memorial.
* News in general tends to focus on what's happening in/affecting the country it's made in. This often means big international news affecting more people is often only broadcast after small local headlines, if at all. For instance, in the UK the 2010 Brazilian floods, which killed at least 51 people and forced 120,000 to leave their homes, was broadcast second to doctors in the U.K getting a pay rise.
* When the Libyan rebels suddenly appeared on the green square of Tripoli, everyone wanting to know what the hell happened was sure to avoid CNN as they ran a headline about a celebrity car crash.
* The Labour Government of the UK thought they could use the 9/11 attacks as an opportunity to release a huge pile of press-releases that would have made them look bad (in the words of a memo that was supposed to remain internal, "It's now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury."). Obviously the 9/11 attacks weren't a small story, but by using them this way the government hoped the distraction offered by the event would keep the British electorate from noticing things that were more directly relevant to them due to them being lost under a barrage of 9/11 coverage. Of course this backfired horribly when the aforementioned memo was leaked to the press. The British public were outraged by the apparent lack of compassion and cynicism displayed, and several governmental careers were ended prematurely in the ensuing scandal -- the special advisor resigned, the department's communication chief ''became'' resigned,[[note]]The first he knew of his resignation was when he received phonecalls from the press asking him for comment.[[/note]] his boss had to clarify the situation, and the phrase "bury bad news" entered the lexicon.
** Having said that, while everyone remembers the attempt to "bury" a story, few people remember what the story actually was, so you could say that the approach [[GoneHorriblyRight did work after a fashion]]. The item in question, which was indeed published on the 12th of September, announced changes to payments to councillors that were expected to be unwelcome... of course, no one remembers that incident because of the previous day's events.
* During the MiamiBass rap group 2 Live Crew's legal problems in 1990 stemming from their third album, ''As Nasty As They Wanna Be'', being declared legally obscene, ''Rolling Stone'' Magazine ran an article which included the group's leader Luke (Luther Campbell) looking at a newspaper and pointing out how Nelson Mandela coming to the U.S. was on page 3.
* After the failed assassination attempt on UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan in 1981, news agencies across the United States reported that he had not been hit. This is perhaps the biggest example of misreporting a major news story in American history. [[http://youtu.be/-B9nVmQOlRU?t=3m58s Here]] you can see ABC News reporting that he wasn't wounded, and then ''seconds later'' the revelation that yes, he was. "The president has not been wounded... He was wounded? My god! The president was hit? He's in stable condition, all this information!" Actually, he was undergoing major, potentially life threatening surgery to remove the bullet at the time. Additionally, later all three networks and CNN reported erroneously claimed that White House Press Secretary James Brady (who had suffered a head wound that left him confined to a wheelchair) had died (with new Creator/{{CBS}} Evening News anchor Dan Rather actually announcing a moment of silence). Also, at one point an equally inaccurate report stating that Reagan had died was reported before that was corrected. When the erroneous announcement of Brady's death was corrected and send to Reynolds[[note]]possibly including a correction by Frank's son, Dean; who was working for the UPI newswire at the time[[/note]]; Reynolds finally blew up; screaming at staffers to "... get it straight so we can report this thing accurately".
* On September 16, 2013, people in the Denver, Colorado metro area wanting to know about the massacre of twelve civilians in Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard made sure to avoid The Denver Channel (Denver's ABC affiliate), as they were leading with ''ad nauseum'' coverage of flooding over the previous week that had inundated many parts of the Front Range.
** For the record, Denver's ABC affiliate has been criticized before for SkewedPriorities. For example, in June 2013, when central Colorado was ravaged by wildfires, they pre-empted ABC World News with Diane Sawyer in favor of wildfire coverage. They have also been criticized for completely pre-empting some shows like ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' and ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' when the other Denver news stations like [=9News=] would simply run a continuous scrolling ticker along the bottom of the screen.
** The same happened with those September 2013 floods as well: Based on a read of users posting on the [=7News=] Website/{{Facebook}} [[https://www.facebook.com/DenverChannel page]], they are falling into the stereotypical criticism of 24 hour cable news channels (thrashing a story to death and putting it ahead of everything else). The comments for September 17th, for example, include one user who wrote, "Please, please go back to regular programming. Don't get me wrong[:] you have covered the storms and floods with [due] diligence and we appreciate it. Now you are just repeating yourselves and grasping for something to say to fill time." Another user wrote, "Can you guys start to show our show's ?????? I understand, people are having trouble, but having to watch it 24 hours a day is way too much. Go to another channel and run your live coverage."
* LyndonBJohnson once said, "If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: '[=PRESIDENT CAN'T SWIM=]'."
* If you were in Denver, Colorado at any time in January 2014, the NFL playoffs, AFC championship game of January 19th, and anything having to do with the Denver Broncos or Peyton Manning making the SuperBowl completely overshadowed such things as the Arapahoe High School shooting and death of Claire Davis. Anything having to do with the Broncos also eclipsed such things as a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy being killed in a car accident on January 26th. Controversy also ensued when a number of angry KUSA viewers vented their frustrations on [[https://www.facebook.com/ilike9news the KUSA Facebook page]] for their decision to interrupt coverage of a Stadium Series hockey game between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium that had been on the air for three hours in favor of showing the Bronco players arriving in New Jersey. One user said it best: "Why would you interrupt a hockey game to show people getting off a plane? I understand it is the Broncos, but getting off a plane is not "breaking news"".
* January 23rd, 2014: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH68bSJXGE8 MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell interrupts a congresswoman being interviewed about the NSA]] to break news about Music/JustinBieber being arrested in Florida for drag racing on public streets while drunk and stoned. Justin Bieber's arrest also overshadowed such things as a massive pileup in whiteout conditions on Interstate 94 in Indiana that killed three people, a fire at a nursing home in Quebec, and the suicide of a University of Pennsylvania student.
** It should also be noted that countless other celebrities have also been arrested on [=DWI=]s, but haven't been given a fraction of the attention that Bieber's incident got. The last celebrity DWI to cause a comparable media circus to Bieber's was Mel Gibson's back in 2006.
* The assault on Filipino host and comedian Vhong Navarro generated a mother lode of news reports showing the finer details about the incident, and allegations on the actor supposedly raping a (then) little-known starlet. So much that it practically buried news on a flooding that took place in southern Philippines, among other things, to which critics and media watchdog groups [[http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/opinion/2014/02/08/seares-vhong-deniece-storiesthe-question-too-much-327234 aren't happy about]].
* Another Philippine example: On 22 August 1983, the day after Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr was shot dead, at least one major news headline proclaimed … "TWO KILLED BY LIGHTNING". [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because, this being Martial Law, all news media were under government censorship and control—but the increasingly GenreSavvy electorate got just outraged enough that the death signalled the beginning of the end for the Marcos regime, famously toppling it from office in the [[FullCircleRevolution 1986 People Power "Revolution"]]. (According to the founders of the ''Philippine Daily Inquirer'' broadsheet, this trope is what pushed them to start their own paper.)
* March 12, 2014: In Denver, Colorado, a man abducts a 4 year old child while stealing an SUV in Longmont. He then leads police on a 90 minute car chase along Interstate 76 and E-470, during which he carjacks two other vehicles, before finally being caught in south Denver; all of this is recorded by a news helicopter. This entire chase for the most part, at least in the Denver metro area, overshadowed a gas explosion in New York City that destroyed two Harlem apartment buildings and killed at least eight people.
* Inverted in 2006 after a hotly disputed presidential election in Mexico, the losing candidate, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, decided to proclaim himself "Legitimate President of Mexico" in a public ceremony with his followers. Except for a few sympathizing newspapers and CNN, the event was largely ignored by the Mexican press, and as a result he and his followers accused them of this trope.
* In February-April 2014, UsefulNotes/{{Ukraine}} had a revolution, leading to Russia to take over Crimea and stir up trouble in eastern Ukraine, thereby raising the specter of civil war in Ukraine and returning the memory of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and generally giving everyone the geopolitical jitters. Meanwhile, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 bound for Beijing mysteriously disappeared, probably crashing somewhere in the Indian Ocean, and there was a big search for the debris. CNN followed the latter to almost egregious degrees - [=BuzzFeed=] stats say that on March 12th, the network devoted 256 out of 271 broadcast minutes covering Flight 370 on the same day that there was a fatal gas explosion in East Harlem that killed eight people, among other newsworthy stories. You would have been better off tuning in to a local New York City news station if you wanted to know about that explosion.
** CNN also drew criticism from a number of sources, like [[http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/04/21/stephen-condemns-cnn-missing-airline-coverage Stephen]] [[Creator/StephenKing King]], for exploiting the grieving relatives of the victims on the plane in an effort to boost ratings. One month after the crash, he said on Twitter, "This constant rehashing of the tragedy shows no respect to the families; it turns them into supporting players in CNN's ratings quest." Their coverage eventually fell into the lines of "Well, nothing's happening right now -- but we'll be the first to tell you when it does!" They even went so far as to call the 102nd anniversary of the sinking of the ''RMS Titanic'' as "breaking news". That particular gaffe was even called out by the parody Twitter account for ''Series/TheNewsroom'' character Will [=McAvoy=]. To put things into perspective, there came a point where the questions changed from "When will they find the plane wreckage?" to "When will CNN shut up about the plane and cover more important issues at home?"
** Ironically, the shootdown of a different Malaysia Airlines plane, Flight 17 over Ukraine in July, and the news media's focus on it, brought the Ukraine-Russia conflict back to light in turn, and CNN's coverage of ''that'' Malaysia Airlines plane actually won them an award for Best Live Television Journalism.
* An aversion: when Indonesia [=AirAsia=] Flight 8501 crashed in bad weather flying to Singapore in October 2015, some suspected that it would be the next MH370 (seeing how this is the same part of the world where MH370 crashed without a trace) with regards to news coverage. However, the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris a little less than two weeks after Flight 8501 crashed moved the focus of news teams from Indonesia to France, although there were still some headlines about the plane crash during breaks in the coverage of the shootings in Paris.
* Metrojet Flight 9268, the Russian plane shot down by ISIS at the end of October 2015, dominated the news for two weeks before being completely wiped out by the November 13 Paris attacks. In the U.S., the attacks were quick to wash away interest in a growing protest sparked in the University of Missouri. Many of the protesters sparked anger at the attacks pulling the spotlight off of them.
* Yet another aversion with Germanwings Flight 9525, which crashed in the French Alps flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. On social media, this story was abruptly overshadowed by news about Zayn Malik's departure from Music/OneDirection. But as far as actual news coverage though the Germanwings story was still far and away the most covered story, with the Malik story being barely a blip on the radar. News that three of the passengers on the flight were American, followed by further news about the plane crash being deliberate, likely means the story won't quickly disappear like with Flight 8501 or February's [=TransAsia=] Flight 235 and potentially be even bigger than either of the Malaysia Airlines stories.
* When a U.S. Presidential Election approaches, don't expect to hear anything else on the news from October 1st to Election Day...unless a massive hurricane hits the New York City area, does more than $60 billion in damage, and causes the area to have potentially week-long power outages. In that case, don't even expect to hear election news, even if you're in California.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyLMXeGHbDI This 2015 intro]] to WTKR news in Virginia. The anchor treats a bridge renaming [[SeriousBusiness just as seriously]] as a double murder and a homegrown terrorist. Also note that it was reported ahead of a school lockdown.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/why-internet-needs-to-calm-down-about-brian-williams/ This]] Website/{{Cracked}} article says that your Facebook account's "trending" stories feed has very bad priorities, and tends to have links to stories on "celebrity engagements, baby bumps, stories about actresses making public appearances with faces that don't look exactly like your favorite version of their faces from 1994, etc." To demonstrate, the article talks about the suspension of Brian Williams from NBC News. But then it points out, "It turns out Facebook isn't a dummy. We click junk. Which is why print media looks different from our trending stories. On the day that most of us were tapping the Williams stories," almost every major print newspaper in the United States ran front page articles on the death of American aid worker / ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller in an airstrike, and the announcement that Creator/JonStewart was leaving ''Series/TheDailyShow'' was never mentioned in print newspapers, but was, along with Williams' suspension, one of the two trending searches on Google that day, while stories about Mueller and a shooting of an Arab family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, were ignored. In conclusion, it explains that the discrepancy highlights the difference between a newspaper and a tabloid (the newspapers supply information you ''need'' to know, and the tabloids provide you with information you ''want'' to know[[note]]unless you are one of the Film/MenInBlack, wherein the tabloids are the most reliable source for locating extraterrestrials[[/note]]).
* In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis struck the coast of Myanmar, devastating the city of Yangon and killing over 138,000 people, becoming the deadliest natural disaster in the country's history. Five and a half years later, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. It killed more than 6,000 Filipinos, also becoming the deadliest storm in its country's history. Still, it's a far cry from what Myanmar saw. But only one of these storms became a major worldwide news story, and it wasn't Nargis.
* The shooting of nine black people, including a South Carolina state senator, in a Charleston church in June 2015 dominated the news for a week...only to quickly wiped out of American consciousness upon the Supreme Court's national legalization of gay marriage (though the latter was important on its own). The Charleston church shooting did return to the forefront shortly afterwards, although this time it was less about the shooting itself than the issue of the prominence of Confederate symbols that arose as a result of the tragedy (since the guy who did it was found to be a white supremacist).
* The murders of WDBJ-TV reporter Allison Parker and her cameraman Adam Ward would probably have likely quickly dropped off the radar and out of public consciousness...had the murders not been filmed on camera by the shooter, happened during a live morning broadcast, and uploaded online. Thus, the video went viral and the story quickly ballooned into a national juggernaut, wiping the likes of Creator/DonaldTrump and the Ashley Madison hacking scandal off the front pages of the papers, completely overshadowing the sentencing of Aurora theater shooter James Holmes to life in prison and a far deadlier massacre in Chicago, and generating far greater news coverage and public interest than a number of shootings with higher body counts (i.e. Sikh Temple, Navy Yard, UCSB) ever did, and outdoing such big stories as the Charlie Hebdo shootings or the Charleston church massacre ([[https://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=shooting&geo=US&date=6%2F2015%203m&cmpt=q&tz=Etc%2FGMT%2B4 This graph]] proves how much more public interest the Virginia story had than the Charleston one) and approaching Sandy Hook levels. In fact, it practically turned ''the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina'' into an afterthought in the minds of most people who didn't live in New Orleans. Ironically, the media turned to the execution-style shooting of an off-duty sheriff's deputy in Houston, Texas, a few days later (in which only one person got killed compared to two at the Virginia shooting). Even with the media having moved on to Texas public interest was still on Virginia.\\
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The shooter in question, a disgruntled ex-employee of WDBJ-TV, was known to have exhibited this. In news coverage on the life of gunman Vester Flanigan II (also known by his on-air name Bryce Williams) in the days following the shooting, his shortcomings as a reporter and employee -- everything from ethics to ability to get along with his co-workers to overall completeness and accuracy of stories he was assigned to cover -- were noted in several stories. To fit the trope: The Associated Press Stylebook, in its section on "Briefing of Media Law" (which Flanigan presumably was familiar with) details liability for newsgathering conduct, including "intrusion upon seclusion," "trespassing," "electronic eavesdropping" and "misrepresentation." It was the former two that, according to several accounts, Flanigan was considering (but ultimately did not do) when attempting to pursue a story on an unknown topic wanted a cameraman with whom he was with to accompany him; this happened shortly before he was fired by [=WDBJ=].
* Exploited during the World Cup in 2006 in Germany, when the nation (and the world at large) where busy with European Football, while the German government seriously attempted to do changes to the ''Grundgesetz'' (the German Constitution), knowing the presses wouldn't report such an issue when there is such another "major" event in place. The changes failed to manifest thankfully; one of them was to ''allow the German army to work inside the country and if need be even against civilians''. Something like this would be cause for a major public scandal which, expectedly, also didn't happen. [[ParanoiaFuel You can panic now knowing stuff like this could happen again]].
* Hurricane Joaquin was all over the news for the last week of September 2015, with fears of it being the next Sandy. On October 1st, not long after it hit Category 4 strength, a shooting at a community college in Oregon killed 10 people. By the end of the night, the shooting was getting wall-to-wall coverage and an outpouring of grief nationwide (as is normal with every similar mass shooting incident) -- and dethroning the WDBJ shooting as the most high-profile of the year and the biggest wake-up call on gun control since Newtown -- and Joaquin had become all but an afterthought to everyone in America except meteorologists -- even those in its path. It moved out to sea a day later, with coverage of the storm by then almost exclusive to the Weather Channel. Most notably, Joaquin caused the sinking of a cargo ship, which killed more than ''three times'' the number of people as the Oregon shooting did. With this, it proves that even with a lower body count, a manmade gun violence or terrorist attack will always carry greater weight than weather-related deaths.
* The death of Creator/RobinWilliams fits this trope, as it completely cannibalized news of the death of Creator/LaurenBacall (as well as nearly every other news story that week; note that the shooting death of Michael Brown, although having occurred two days prior, didn't become a big deal until the end of the week and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, although already big on social media, only gained mainstream traction the week afterwards) just one day later. Keep in mind that Williams was active for nowhere near as long as Bacall, who was the [[LastOfItsKind last living Golden Age-era actor]] and was working long before Williams was even born (however, he remains far more known among the public at large than Bacall, and while she died of natural causes at the age of 89, Williams' ''suicide'' at the age of 63 justifiably took everyone by surprise and thus was given higher prevalence in the media).
* The first wave of the 2014 Ferguson protests was overshadowed by Robin Williams' death on one side and the ALS Ice Bucket challenge on the other. The second wave - after the grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson - on the other hand, completely dominated everything else that happened -- with another police death, the July choking of 43-year old Eric Garner, sharing the spotlight -- for the two weeks that followed.
* [[DefiedTrope Challenged]] by some reporters ([[http://www.vox.com/2015/11/16/9744640/paris-beirut-media this one]] for instance) who point out that they ''do'' in fact often cover the very stories that people complain are being "ignored by the mainstream media." The problem is that people are more likely to ''read'' the fluff pieces, which in turn makes them more valuable for ad revenue, which in turn makes editors place them higher, which in turn means more people read them—ultimately creating a form of SelfFulfillingProphecy. So if you ever wonder why the media fixates on silly articles, take a harder look at [[NotSoDifferent which news articles you choose to read]].
* On January 3, 2016 Cleveland's ABC station broke into a new episode of ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' to announce the firing of Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer while every other Cleveland channel broke the news with a scrolling ticker, not interrupting programming. One hour later they broke into a new episode of ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' to carry a half-hour long news conference regarding the firing. Once again the other Cleveland stations did not break in to air the press conference besides Cleveland's CBS channel, which broke into programming on the channel's sister station for the press conference, since the channel was independent and not airing any programming of worth.
* The media's handling of Islam-related terrorist attacks came to light after the Brussels bombings of March 22, 2016. As shown by [[https://www.facebook.com/188533647842714/photos/a.188695787826500.54678.188533647842714/1273898749306193/?type=3&theater this graphic]], international reaction to terrorism seems to depend on what country the incident happened in. Since the beginning of 2015, there have been dozens of Islam-related attacks, but they only seem to gain major international attention, outrage, and/or solidarity if they take place in Western countries -- namely the two Paris attacks (Charlie Hebdo in January and the November 13th coordinated assaults), the San Bernardino, California shootings of December, the Brussels bombing, and later, the June massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando and the Bastille Day attack in Nice. While the October bombing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt also got plenty of attention, most of the talk about it was political rather than sympathetic to the victims. Compare that to the public's indifference to attacks in cities like Beirut, Baghdad, Ankara, St. Petersburg, and Istanbul, many of which had higher body counts than the Brussels, Paris, Orlando, Nice, and San Bernardino events. This has led many to complain that it seems terrorist attacks in countries that are war-torn, unstable, corrupt, poor, and/or contain a Arab/Muslim-majority population, are seen by the rest of society as normal and routine, and the rest of the world values only Western lives and reacts only when Al-Qaeda or ISIS hit particularly close to home[[note]]A notable exception to the rule, although not immediate, was the Boko Haram kidnapping of Nigerian girls -- see below[[/note]]. Not helping the case here is that some of these unreported attacks took place around the same time as the Western ones, i.e., the Beirut bombings taking a place a day before the November Paris events (as the link in the bullet point above discusses) or two major Turkey bombings in the two weeks prior to Brussels.
* The three main factors that determine public interest in a story about gun violence is the death toll, the demographical makeup of the victims, and the motivation of the shooter. In the Obama administration alone, there were hundreds of mass shootings in the nation and about ten that the flag was lowered for. The ones that shocked the nation the most during this time period were the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 (where the gunman was targeting children) and the Orlando massacre (because of the Islamic connection, homophobic motive, and most importantly, due to it having the highest body count of any mass murder in the United States since the 19th century purges of Indian tribes by western settlers). The only other ones that quickly gained major coverage were those where there was something to hook the public (i.e. Fort Hood's narrative of an Islamic soldier betraying his country, Tucson was an assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Aurora shooter James Holmes's "Batman" narrative and the fact that seventy people were injured although only twelve of them died, Isla Vista's misogynistic narrative, Charleston's white supremacist rhetoric and the Confederate flag debate, and San Bernardino being the first major ISIS-related shooting in America). Other stories with equally high body counts, like the Sikh Temple, Washington Navy Yard, or Umpqua Community College shootings didn't really have a hook that kept people focused in on the story.
* What happens when two major news events happen close together and you have to cover both? ''[[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/04/03/20-years-ago-the-unabomber-arrest-and-ron-brown-plane-crash-made-a-startling-a1/?tid=sm_fb The Washington Post]]'' does a documentation of how there have been cases where they did a double-headline on their front page. In this case, the arrest of the Unabomber coincided with the Secretary of Commerce being killed in a plane crash. Both got headlines on the front page. In other cases, though, where two major events happened at the same time, only one event got a headline. Sometimes this was justified: for instance, the crash of Air Florida Flight 90 in 1982 happened on the same day that a fatal derailment happened in the WashingtonMetro tunnels. The coincidence of the events was part of the story, so it probably seemed unnecessary to break them apart.
** Another example given is how the eruption of Mount Saint Helens in 1980 coincided with riots breaking out in Miami over the acquittal of four police officers. Naturally, most people remember May 18th for the former story as opposed to the latter. ''The Washington Post'' handled the matter by running headlines for both Mount Saint Helens and the riots on the front page, but put more photos on the front page of the eruption.
* If you wanted to know more about the 2016 7.0 earthquake in Japan, you wouldn't have gone to CNN. They spent more attention both on the air and online about a zoo employee being killed by a tiger instead. Both stories, however, were overshadowed by the larger 7.8 earthquake in Ecuador.
* Wrestling/{{Chyna}} and Music/{{Prince}} died on the same day in 2016. Coverage of Prince completely eclipsed that of Chyna. Although Chyna's death could be considered more "shocking" than Prince's because she was 12 years younger than him, Prince is far more widely known to the general public. Prince's death also overshadowed a series of drug-related murders in rural Ohio and a mass kidnapping in South Sudan. While all death is tragic, Prince's was due to natural causes rather than intentional murder.
* In the 2016 presidential election race, there's been a noticeably disproportionate amount of airtime given to Donald Trump. [[http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/network-anchor-rise-donald-trump-fault-article-1.2619018?utm_content=buffer1349f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer The reasons why are best explained here]].
* On rare occasions, awareness campaigns have helped rescue a very serious but little-known story from this status and get it to the headlines. This was most effectively seen with the "Bring Back our Girls" movement in response to the mass kidnappings of schoolgirls from the Nigerian town of Chibok by members of Islamic militant group Boko Haram. Although the story largely went unnoticed throughout much of April, it quickly gained international attention after reports of Boko Haram planning on selling them as sex slaves. Immediately after that, [=#BringBackOurGirls=] was tweeted over a million times, as an image of a frowning Michelle Obama holding up a sign with the hashtag became a symbol of the international outrage and solidarity with Nigeria that happened afterwards. Unfortunately, most of the schoolgirls have yet to be rescued as of 2016.
* The ''Kony 2012'' video also got a similar reaction, although the Internet quickly turned it into a BlackComedy kind of meme, so people didn't take it quite as seriously as the Nigerian girls.
* Gordie Howe was a legend in the world of ice hockey. Even if he wasn't ''quite'' at the level of Wayne Gretzky, he was still one of the most respected names in the industry. Unfortunately, he had the misfortune of dying shortly after Muhammad Ali and Kimbo Slice, the former of who was an even bigger icon (and about fifteen years younger) and the latter who, while more of an cult name in the MMA world, died at the young age of 42. But then, Howe's death was completely overshadowed by the murder of pop singer Christina Grimmie at a concert in Orlando, Florida. Grimmie was largely unknown to the greater public, being mostly recognized for her stint on ''Series/TheVoice'', but she had a cult fanbase on Website/YouTube. But she was only 22 when she was shot and killed by a fan (possibly an ex-boyfriend) after a concert. While Howe's death was sad, it was hardly surprising as he was 88. Much like with the Robin Williams / Lauren Bacall example, this wasn't about Howe having less recognition than Grimmie so much as the fact that the latter's death was a shocking murder that ''nobody saw coming''. Also not helping Howe's case were the other major news stories surrounding it, namely the announcement of UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton as the Democratic presumptive nominee for the U.S. presidential election[[note]]partially because of [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement the circumstances of said announcement]][[/note]] and the controversy surrounding the sentence of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner for sexual assault. However, all of these stories were eventually overshadowed by the Orlando nightclub shooting, as it was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The shooting also made the deaths of legendary voice actress Janet Waldo and (in a lesser way) of Michu Meszaros, the actor that portrayed ''Series/{{Alf}}'' in costume, complete afterthoughts outside of television-related sites.
* Of course, the thing about the Orlando nightclub shooting is that in time, a lot of focus stopped being about the actual crime itself and more about foot-in-mouth remarks that Republican presumptive nominee UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump had made on social media in response to the massacre.
* Also Orlando nightclub shooting related: a few days after it happened, a boy was killed by an alligator in the Seven Seas Lagoon at the nearby Walt Disney World Resort. Such an event would have probably only been a local news story (with many a blip on national newscasts) if it weren't for the fact that it happened shortly after both the nightclub shooting and Christina Grimmie's murder, was less than a month after another high profile child-wild animal encounter[[note]]a gorilla incident at the Cincinatti Zoo where a kid climbed into a gorilla pen and was thrown around by one of the gorillas, forcing the zoo staff to shoot the gorilla[[/note]] and it was apparently the first recorded instance of an alligator attack on Disney property.
* Something worth noting is that after massacres like Sandy Hook, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, San Bernardino, Charleston, or Orlando - basically any mass murder where the incident is a shooting - most American news media uses these events to debate over gun control rather than terrorism or mental illness.
* The Nice, France truck incident of July 14, 2016 would be somewhat overshadowed by news media within 24 hours by an attempted military coup in Turkey. This was subverted on social media, however, where Nice was for the most part the bigger story of the two (not that Turkey didn't get its fair share of attention either).
* On July 18, 2016 a lone-wolf terrorist on a train in Germany attacked people with an axe, injuring four people before he was killed by police, but for those living in Cleveland, Ohio and in fact most of the United States, that story was totally ignored by the presence of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which every local news channel was covering the course of the whole week. It even dwarfed a shooting at an anti-violence rally in nearby Euclid, Ohio and the death of TV actor and producer Garry Marshall. The shooting at a Munich [=McDonald's=] four days later, on the other hand, quickly took center stage, as, aside from the Republican convention being over by that point, the shooting was actually deadly, having killed nine people. Making matters worse, however, was the fact that the gunman was targeting children.
* Most American newspapers headlined their July 27, 2016 editions with the news that UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton had become the Democratic presidential nominee. The majority of the headlines, however, were accompanied by photos of UsefulNotes/BillClinton and/or Hillary's defeated rival Bernie Sanders, rather than of Hillary.
* In August 2016, Louisiana was hit with its worst flooding since Katrina, but due to coverage of the Olympics and the Election, it was largely ignored by television news. On the Internet, however, the flooding was in a much brighter spotlight. Since the storm did not have a name and the death toll was quite small, the story would have likely gone under the radar outside Louisiana had it not been for the fact that Baton Rouge was already reeling from a police-on-black death and a murder of a police officer by a black man, or that the lack of news coverage didn't incite such a major controversy.
* The divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in September 2016 devoured all other news stories the week it was announced. Coverage of a series of bombings in New York City and New Jersey dominated the early part of that week before Brangelina took over the news cycle. The Pitt-Jolie saga also eclipsed stories like Yahoo announcing a data breach of 500 million users, a shipwreck of a boat of Egyptian migrants, and a gasoline shortage in the southeast. The story of another police-on-black death in Charlotte, North Carolina initially went under the radar due to the divorce coverage, but as the subsequent riots grew bigger the story quickly exploded, with a shooting at a Washington state mall only temporarily unseating it as the top news story in the nation.
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* Exploited during the World Championship 2006 in Germany, when the nation (and the world at large) where busy with European Football, while the German government seriously attempted to do changes to the ''Grundgesetz'' (the German Constitution), knowing the presses wouldn't report such an issue when there is such another "major" event in place. The changes failed to manifest thankfully; one of them was to ''allow the German army to work inside the country and if need be even against civilians''. Something like this would be cause for a major public scandal which, expectedly, also didn't happen. [[ParanoiaFuel You can panic now knowing stuff like this could happen again]].

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* Exploited during the World Championship Cup in 2006 in Germany, when the nation (and the world at large) where busy with European Football, while the German government seriously attempted to do changes to the ''Grundgesetz'' (the German Constitution), knowing the presses wouldn't report such an issue when there is such another "major" event in place. The changes failed to manifest thankfully; one of them was to ''allow the German army to work inside the country and if need be even against civilians''. Something like this would be cause for a major public scandal which, expectedly, also didn't happen. [[ParanoiaFuel You can panic now knowing stuff like this could happen again]].
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** LampshadeHanging with "Paper boys get award on slow news day." The same episode featured, "Monster To City: GRRRRRR"
** In the episode "A Clockwork Origin", we see a copy of a "USB Today" newspaper citing its top story as "Trial of the Century. Carbon-based life form accused of Creationism." The less emphasized story? "Carbon-based life discovered."
** "Roswell That Ends Well" has the Planet Express crew sent back in time to 1947 Roswell. Leela grabs a newspaper -
--> '''Leela''': "Take a look at this!"
--> '''Bender''': "'High School Gym Renovations On Schedule'? What a load!"
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': Stoop kid afraid to leave stoop. ''Hey Arnold'' liked to occasionally play this straight, including the day we saw [[MemeticMutation "Stoop kid to leave stoop"]]. The legend dies.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Ponyville Confidential" the Cutie Mark Crusaders write stories about such gossip as the Mayor dying her mane or [[GodEmperor Princess Celestia]] acting like a normal pony. This is hardly the Cutie Mark Crusaders' fault, however, as any attempts at normal news are thrown out by the paper's editor ([[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara]]) who insists that the paper exclusively prints stories that basically turn it into a gossip rag. What makes it even worse is that when the CMC try to quit the paper, she ''blackmails them into continuing''. Luckily she gets her comeuppance at the end, getting fired from her editor position and relegated to the unglorious and dirty job of running the presses, while the colt that was previously doing that job gets promoted to staff photographer.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' the newspapers in [[GayParee Paris, France]] apparently consider events in the hospitality industry [[SeriousBusiness worthy of the front page]], instead of the business or lifestyle sections. Sure, the French take their food a bit more seriously than the inhabitants of other countries, but not to that extent.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', Stimpy gives the ailing Ren a sponge bath, then Ren has a total relapse when it is the next day's front page story -- complete with secondary headline "Hundreds Witness Soapy Scenario!"
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''
** In the sketch "[[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie's]] Film/FinalDestination," the headline for the story about Betty's death reads, "Veronica Lodge Gets Poor Girl's Blood On Dress!"
** In another sketch, a headline informed viewers that SpinningPaper [[HypocriticalHumor have been declared the most annoying cliche.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' does this all the time, often [[LampshadeHanging pointed out]] by having the "top story" edge out an article along the lines of "China Invades US".
** Examples of this are: Main Headline "Cavalry Kids Lead Charge In Cleanup" with secondary headline "President Shoots Wife", and Main Headline "Lottery Drawing Today" with secondary headline "President, Rock Star To Swap Wives".
** In the episode "You Kent Always Say What You Want", Kent Brockman begins his Smartline show with:
--->'''Kent Brockman:''' Tonight on Smartline, our report from the Middle East will not be seen, so that we may bring you a man who bought an ice cream cone.
--->'''Homer Simpson:''' That's me.
--->'''Kent Brockman:''' [[LampshadeHanging Of course, that has nothing to do with the fact that the ice cream parlor and this station are owned by the same company,]] ButIDigress.
** In "Lisa Vs. Malibu Stacy", {{Kent Brockman|News}} closes his show with a report about the doll Lisa helped design (mostly because his daughter asked him to. After all, she ''was'' right about the Berlin Wall) As the closing music starts playing, Kent suddenly blurts out "Oh, and the President was arrested for murder but more on that ''tomorrow night''... or you can turn to another channel. ''[Looks off to the side]'' Oh. Do not turn to another channel."
** In "Krusty Gets Kancelled", Mayor Quimby admits in a speech that he used the city's treasury to fund the murder of his enemies, but closes with the "I'm a bad wittle boy" catchphrase popularized by the villain of the week. The following newspaper shows the headline "Quimby re-elected in landslide", while a secondary story in smaller type underneath reads "Two more bodies resurface in harbor". Of course, it also shows the ''residents'' of Springfield are complete idiots. Earlier in said episode, the newspaper gives banner coverage to "Gabbo," as part of the media build-up to the revelation of Gabbo as a ventriloquist's dummy and host of an afternoon children's program competing against Krusty's program.
** Other headlines the Springfield Shopper has seen fit to feature on the front page include "Man Marries Woman in Wedding Ceremony"; and [[http://whostobla.me/cloud.jpg "Old Man Yells at Cloud."]]
** Justified in one episode in which the incredibly mundane headline is accompanied by a smaller one reading "Slow News Day Grips City."
** The strapline to a story about Sideshow Bob's prison pardon reads "#1 Local Issue".
** Some minor piece of local news is preceded by a picture of a thin smoke trail leading out of the Capitol building, and Kent Brockman saying, "... leaving the Vice-President in charge."
** Played with in a Halloween episode:
--->'''Kent:''' [grim] And those little kittens played with that ball of yarn, [despondent sigh] all through the night. [perks up] On a lighter note, a Kwik-E-Mart clerk was brutally murdered last night.
** "... which if true, means death for us all. And now, 'Kent's People!''"
** "I'm Kent Brockman, on the eleven o'clock news tonight... a certain type of soft drink has been found to be lethal. We won't tell you which one until after sports and the weather with 'Funny' Sonny Storm!"
*** Another quote like the above "A certain house-hold fabric could kill you! Find out after the break!"
** Later in the same episode that the page image comes from, the squirrel is assassinated. Brockman promises "to stay with the story ''all night'' if we have to." Note this was the same episode where the major news story had previously been "boy trapped at bottom of well."
** It's {{lampshade|Hanging}}d on one occasion where Kent closes a live report from the field with "There are those who would say that this is not news."
** And in "I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can," Brockman deems Lisa Simpson getting into the Spellympics to be of more paramount importance than the destruction of Paris (as apparently does Marge, who switches off the television as soon as he starts to tell Springfield about the latter).
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E3HomersOdyssey Homer's Odyssey]]", the Springfield Shopper repeatedly headlines Homer's safety advocating, culminating with, "[[http://simpsonswiki.com/wiki/File:Springfield_Shopper_-_Enough_Already_Homer_Simpson!.png Enough Already Homer Simpson!]]"
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d to death on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. If a newsperson shows up in an episode, they're guaranteed to end every scene they're in with something like "In other news, we enter our sixth straight day of absolutely no news at all occurring." In one episode, Stan's dad forces them to watch a Presidential nominee debate between UsefulNotes/BarackObama and Hilary Clinton. Just then there is "Breaking News" to show that Music/BritneySpears has pissed on a lady bug while on a camping trip. We then "return to the stupid Presidential debate."
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Spongebob was assigned by Mr. Krabs to be the reporter of his new newspaper. While looking for a story, Spongebob ignores a bank robbery, two guys wrecking a car, and a monster, and instead he writes about Patrick staring at a pole.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** The 1943 WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon ''WesternAnimation/TortoiseWinsByAHare'' shows a newspaper with a banner headline "HARE RACES TORTOISE TODAY", while a much smaller headline on the same page reads "Adolph Hitler Commits Suicide". A pity it didn't get more prominence, since it was [[HilariousInHindsight uncannily prophetic]]…!
** In the WartimeCartoon "Scrap Happy Daffy", the fact that WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck has a really huge pile of scrap metal is somehow enough to warrant a front page headline in "The American Press". Hoarding ''was'' SeriousBusiness in World War II.
* A news headline in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': "Cheese crust pizza declared 'delicious'." Somewhere underneath it in the margins: "War or something..."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Star Trek", Steve tries to be a "bad boy" to become popular and the newspapers depict his PokeThePoodle moments (littering, talking to strangers, etc.) as [[FelonyMisdemeanor horrible offenses]]. Lampshaded in a secondary headline saying it was a slow news week.
* A 1934 Creator/VanBeurenStudios cartoon titled "A Little Bird Told Me" depicts birds operating a newspaper. They get a scoop and decide to print an extra edition. The news consists of a (live-action) human boy eating jam out of a jar with his hands.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''. Bullwinkle has just found a ruby-studded model boat, and the narrator mentions it made the front page of the papers. This is followed with several rapid-fire scenes of people reading the headlines of the front pages of the various papers, which are either serious news or celebrity gossip. Rocky corrects the narrator, and says it's the first page of the classifieds, which incorrectly claims that Bullwinkle is trying to sell the boat (He said he wanted to ''sail'' the yacht at an interesting party, and the paper said he would ''sell'' the boat to an interested party). This dinky and incorrect ad placed in a small-town Minnesota paper still somehow manages to end up in the classified section of a paper read by a nobleman in Pakistan.
* ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'': Weather News Network is really bad about this in both films. The world's weather is being thrown into chaos, and Sam has just shown footage of a tornado made out of spaghetti on the channel. Yet when Sam interrupts their broadcast right before the climax, one can see that they were reporting in large letters: "[[CaptainObvious SEALS GET WET]]". The sequel also shows the same channel reporting on Flint's blunder with the Surprise Box at Livecorp at the beginning of the film...something that is decidedly not related to weather at all.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' episode "Escalator", a news station apparently spends the entire episode reporting on what they call [[FauxHorrific "the worst situation in the history of the Universe"]]: Uncle Grandpa and Pizza Steve getting trapped on a broken escalator. [[IdiotPlot Not an elevator. An escalator.]] On the reel, you can see a number of news items consisting mostly of gibberish phrases like "Acorn Futures Skyrocket", of which only the one that says "Christopher Columbus escapes Time Jail" MakesSenseInContext.

to:

** LampshadeHanging with "Paper boys get award on slow news day." The same episode featured, "Monster To City: GRRRRRR"
** In the episode "A Clockwork Origin", we see
"Monsterstory largely went unnoticed throughout much of April, it quickly gained international attention after reports of Boko Haram planning on selling them as sex slaves. Immediately after that, [=#BringBackOurGirls=] was tweeted over a copy million times, as an image of a "USB Today" newspaper citing its top story as "Trial frowning Michelle Obama holding up a sign with the hashtag became a symbol of the Century. Carbon-based life form accused of Creationism." The less emphasized story? "Carbon-based life discovered."
** "Roswell That Ends Well" has the Planet Express crew sent back in time to 1947 Roswell. Leela grabs a newspaper -
--> '''Leela''': "Take a look at this!"
--> '''Bender''': "'High School Gym Renovations On Schedule'? What a load!"
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': Stoop kid afraid to leave stoop. ''Hey Arnold'' liked to occasionally play this straight, including the day we saw [[MemeticMutation "Stoop kid to leave stoop"]]. The legend dies.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Ponyville Confidential" the Cutie Mark Crusaders write stories about such gossip as the Mayor dying her mane or [[GodEmperor Princess Celestia]] acting like a normal pony. This is hardly the Cutie Mark Crusaders' fault, however, as any attempts at normal news are thrown out by the paper's editor ([[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara]]) who insists
international outrage and solidarity with Nigeria that happened afterwards. Unfortunately, most of the paper exclusively prints stories that basically turn schoolgirls have yet to be rescued as of 2016.
* The ''Kony 2012'' video also got a similar reaction, although the Internet quickly turned
it into a gossip rag. What makes it even worse is that when the CMC try to quit the paper, she ''blackmails them into continuing''. Luckily she gets her comeuppance at the end, getting fired from her editor position and relegated to the unglorious and dirty job BlackComedy kind of running the presses, while the colt that was previously doing that job gets promoted to staff photographer.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' the newspapers in [[GayParee Paris, France]] apparently consider events in the hospitality industry [[SeriousBusiness worthy of the front page]], instead of the business or lifestyle sections. Sure, the French
meme, so people didn't take their food a bit more it quite as seriously than as the inhabitants of other countries, but not to that extent.
Nigerian girls.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', Stimpy gives As was the ailing Ren a sponge bath, then Ren has a total relapse when it is annual case, Barack Obama made his State of the next day's front page story -- complete with secondary headline "Hundreds Witness Soapy Scenario!"
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''
** In
Union Address in February 2013, and the sketch "[[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie's]] Film/FinalDestination," address was followed up by a response from Republican Senator Marco Rubio. For every channel besides the headline for the story about Betty's death reads, "Veronica Lodge Gets Poor Girl's Blood On Dress!"
** In another sketch, a headline informed viewers that SpinningPaper [[HypocriticalHumor have been declared the
Conservative Fox News, most annoying cliche.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' does this all
of the time, often [[LampshadeHanging pointed out]] by having the "top story" edge out an article along the lines of "China Invades US".
** Examples of this are: Main Headline "Cavalry Kids Lead Charge In Cleanup" with secondary headline "President Shoots Wife", and Main Headline "Lottery Drawing Today" with secondary headline "President, Rock Star To Swap Wives".
** In the episode "You Kent Always Say What You Want", Kent Brockman begins his Smartline show with:
--->'''Kent Brockman:''' Tonight
follow-up reporting on Smartline, our report from the Middle East will not be seen, so that we may bring you a man who bought an ice cream cone.
--->'''Homer Simpson:''' That's me.
--->'''Kent Brockman:''' [[LampshadeHanging Of course, that has nothing to do with
Rubio's response was on the fact that the ice cream parlor and this station are owned by the same company,]] ButIDigress.he stopped midway through to have a sip of water.
** In "Lisa Vs. Malibu Stacy", {{Kent Brockman|News}} closes his show with * Gordie Howe was a report legend in the world of ice hockey. Even if he wasn't ''quite'' at the level of Wayne Gretzky, he was still one of the most respected names in the industry. Unfortunately, he had the misfortune of dying shortly after Muhammad Ali and Kimbo Slice, the former of who was an even bigger icon (and about the doll Lisa helped design (mostly because his daughter asked him to. After all, she ''was'' right about the Berlin Wall) As the closing music starts playing, Kent suddenly blurts out "Oh, fifteen years younger) and the President was arrested for murder but latter who, while more on that ''tomorrow night''... or you can turn to another channel. ''[Looks off to of an cult name in the side]'' Oh. Do not turn to another channel."
** In "Krusty Gets Kancelled", Mayor Quimby admits in a speech that he used
MMA world, died at the city's treasury to fund young age of 42. But then, Howe's death was completely overshadowed by the murder of his enemies, pop singer Christina Grimmie at a concert in Orlando, Florida. Grimmie was largely unknown to the greater public, being mostly recognized for her stint on ''Series/TheVoice'', but closes she had a cult fanbase on Website/YouTube. But she was only 22 when she was shot and killed by a fan (possibly an ex-boyfriend) after a concert. While Howe's death was sad, it was hardly surprising as he was 88. Much like with the "I'm Robin Williams / Lauren Bacall example, this wasn't about Howe having less recognition than Grimmie so much as the fact that the latter's death was a bad wittle boy" catchphrase popularized shocking murder that ''nobody saw coming''. Also not helping Howe's case were the other major news stories surrounding it, namely the announcement of UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton as the Democratic presumptive nominee for the U.S. presidential election[[note]]partially because of [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement the circumstances of said announcement]][[/note]] and the controversy surrounding the sentence of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner for sexual assault. However, all of these stories were eventually overshadowed by the villain of Orlando nightclub shooting, as it was the week. deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The following newspaper shows shooting also made the headline "Quimby re-elected deaths of legendary voice actress Janet Waldo and (in a lesser way) of Michu Meszaros, the actor that portrayed ''Series/{{Alf}}'' in landslide", while a secondary story in smaller type underneath reads "Two more bodies resurface in harbor". costume, complete afterthoughts outside of television-related sites.
*
Of course, it also shows the ''residents'' of Springfield are complete idiots. Earlier in said episode, thing about the newspaper gives banner coverage to "Gabbo," as part Orlando nightclub shooting is that in time, a lot of focus stopped being about the actual crime itself and more about foot-in-mouth remarks that Republican presumptive nominee UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump had made on social media build-up in response to the revelation of Gabbo as massacre.
* Also Orlando nightclub shooting related:
a ventriloquist's dummy and host of few days after it happened, a boy was killed by an afternoon children's program competing against Krusty's program.
** Other headlines
alligator in the Springfield Shopper has seen fit to feature on Seven Seas Lagoon at the front page include "Man Marries Woman in Wedding Ceremony"; and [[http://whostobla.me/cloud.jpg "Old Man Yells at Cloud."]]
** Justified in one episode in which the incredibly mundane headline is accompanied by
nearby Walt Disney World Resort. Such an event would have probably only been a smaller one reading "Slow News Day Grips City."
** The strapline to a story about Sideshow Bob's prison pardon reads "#1 Local Issue".
** Some minor piece of
local news is preceded story (with many a blip on national newscasts) if it weren't for the fact that it happened shortly after both the nightclub shooting and Christina Grimmie's murder, was less than a month after another high profile child-wild animal encounter[[note]]a gorilla incident at the Cincinatti Zoo where a kid climbed into a gorilla pen and was thrown around by a picture of a thin smoke trail leading out one of the Capitol building, gorillas, forcing the zoo staff to shoot the gorilla[[/note]] and Kent Brockman saying, "... leaving the Vice-President in charge."
** Played with in a Halloween episode:
--->'''Kent:''' [grim] And those little kittens played with that ball of yarn, [despondent sigh] all through the night. [perks up] On a lighter note, a Kwik-E-Mart clerk
it was brutally murdered last night.
** "... which if true, means death for us all. And now, 'Kent's People!''"
** "I'm Kent Brockman, on the eleven o'clock news tonight... a certain type of soft drink has been found to be lethal. We won't tell you which one until after sports and the weather with 'Funny' Sonny Storm!"
*** Another quote like the above "A certain house-hold fabric could kill you! Find out after the break!"
** Later in the same episode that the page image comes from, the squirrel is assassinated. Brockman promises "to stay with the story ''all night'' if we have to." Note this was the same episode where the major news story had previously been "boy trapped at bottom of well."
** It's {{lampshade|Hanging}}d on one occasion where Kent closes a live report from the field with "There are those who would say that this is not news."
** And in "I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can," Brockman deems Lisa Simpson getting into the Spellympics to be of more paramount importance than the destruction of Paris (as
apparently does Marge, who switches off the television as soon as he starts to tell Springfield about the latter).
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E3HomersOdyssey Homer's Odyssey]]", the Springfield Shopper repeatedly headlines Homer's safety advocating, culminating with, "[[http://simpsonswiki.com/wiki/File:Springfield_Shopper_-_Enough_Already_Homer_Simpson!.png Enough Already Homer Simpson!]]"
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d to death
first recorded instance of an alligator attack on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. If a newsperson shows up in an episode, they're guaranteed to end every scene they're in with something Disney property.
* Something worth noting is that after massacres
like "In other news, we enter our sixth straight day of absolutely no Sandy Hook, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, San Bernardino, Charleston, or Orlando - basically any mass murder where the incident is a shooting - most American news at all occurring." In one episode, Stan's dad forces them media uses these events to watch a Presidential nominee debate between UsefulNotes/BarackObama and Hilary Clinton. Just then there is "Breaking News" to show over gun control rather than terrorism or mental illness.
* The Nice, France truck incident of July 14, 2016 would be somewhat overshadowed by news media within 24 hours by an attempted military coup in Turkey. This was subverted on social media, however, where Nice was for the most part the bigger story of the two (not
that Music/BritneySpears has pissed on a lady bug while on a camping trip. We then "return to the stupid Presidential debate."
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Spongebob was assigned by Mr. Krabs to be the reporter of his new newspaper. While looking for a story, Spongebob ignores a bank robbery, two guys wrecking a car, and a monster, and instead he writes about Patrick staring at a pole.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** The 1943 WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon ''WesternAnimation/TortoiseWinsByAHare'' shows a newspaper with a banner headline "HARE RACES TORTOISE TODAY", while a much smaller headline on the same page reads "Adolph Hitler Commits Suicide". A pity it
Turkey didn't get more prominence, since it its fair share of attention either).
* On July 18, 2016 a lone-wolf terrorist on a train in Germany attacked people with an axe, injuring four people before he
was [[HilariousInHindsight uncannily prophetic]]…!
** In
killed by police, but for those living in Cleveland, Ohio and in fact most of the WartimeCartoon "Scrap Happy Daffy", United States, that story was totally ignored by the presence of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which every local news channel was covering the course of the whole week. It even dwarfed a shooting at an anti-violence rally in nearby Euclid, Ohio and the death of TV actor and producer Garry Marshall. The shooting at a Munich [=McDonald's=] four days later, on the other hand, quickly took center stage, as, aside from the Republican convention being over by that point, the shooting was actually deadly, having killed nine people. Making matters worse, however, was the fact that WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck has a really huge pile of scrap metal is somehow enough to warrant a front page headline in "The the gunman was targeting children.
* Most
American Press". Hoarding ''was'' SeriousBusiness in World War II.
* A news headline in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': "Cheese crust pizza declared 'delicious'." Somewhere underneath it in the margins: "War or something..."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Star Trek", Steve tries to be a "bad boy" to become popular and the
newspapers depict his PokeThePoodle moments (littering, talking to strangers, etc.) as [[FelonyMisdemeanor horrible offenses]]. Lampshaded in a secondary headline saying it was a slow news week.
* A 1934 Creator/VanBeurenStudios cartoon titled "A Little Bird Told Me" depicts birds operating a newspaper. They get a scoop and decide to print an extra edition. The news consists of a (live-action) human boy eating jam out of a jar with his hands.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''. Bullwinkle has just found a ruby-studded model boat, and the narrator mentions it made the front page of the papers. This is followed with several rapid-fire scenes of people reading the headlines of the front pages of the various papers, which are either serious news or celebrity gossip. Rocky corrects the narrator, and says it's the first page of the classifieds, which incorrectly claims that Bullwinkle is trying to sell the boat (He said he wanted to ''sail'' the yacht at an interesting party, and the paper said he would ''sell'' the boat to an interested party). This dinky and incorrect ad placed in a small-town Minnesota paper still somehow manages to end up in the classified section of a paper read by a nobleman in Pakistan.
* ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'': Weather News Network is really bad about this in both films. The world's weather is being thrown into chaos, and Sam has just shown footage of a tornado made out of spaghetti on the channel. Yet when Sam interrupts
headlined their broadcast right before the climax, one can see that they were reporting in large letters: "[[CaptainObvious SEALS GET WET]]". The sequel also shows the same channel reporting on Flint's blunder July 27, 2016 editions with the Surprise Box at Livecorp at news that UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton had become the beginning Democratic presidential nominee. The majority of the film...something that is decidedly not related to weather at all.
headlines, however, were accompanied by photos of UsefulNotes/BillClinton and/or Hillary's defeated rival Bernie Sanders, rather than of Hillary.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' episode "Escalator", a news station apparently spends the entire episode reporting on what they call [[FauxHorrific "the August 2016, Louisiana was hit with its worst situation in the history flooding since Katrina, but due to coverage of the Universe"]]: Uncle Grandpa Olympics and Pizza Steve getting trapped on a broken escalator. [[IdiotPlot Not an elevator. An escalator.]] the Election, it was largely ignored by television news. On the reel, you can see Internet, however, the flooding was in a number much brighter spotlight. Since the storm did not have a name and the death toll was quite small, the story would have likely gone under the radar outside Louisiana had it not been for the fact that Baton Rouge was already reeling from a police-on-black death and a murder of a police officer by a black man, or that the lack of news items consisting mostly coverage didn't incite such a major controversy.
* The divorce
of gibberish phrases Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in September 2016 devoured all other news stories the week it was announced. Coverage of a series of bombings in New York City and New Jersey dominated the early part of that week before Brangelina took over the news cycle. The Pitt-Jolie saga also eclipsed stories like "Acorn Futures Skyrocket", Yahoo announcing a data breach of which 500 million users, a shipwreck of a boat of Egyptian migrants, and a gasoline shortage in the southeast. The story of another police-on-black death in Charlotte, North Carolina initially went under the radar due to the divorce coverage, but as the subsequent riots grew bigger the story quickly exploded, with a shooting at a Washington state mall only temporarily unseating it as the one that says "Christopher Columbus escapes Time Jail" MakesSenseInContext.top news story in the nation.




[[folder:Real Life]]
* For many of these real-life examples that occur in modern times, it is important to remember that most people in advanced nations no longer bother to read newspapers and instead get their information on the internet. Therefore, ''they only read the stories and articles that interest them.'' It was the same way back when newspapers had their heyday, but back then if you wanted to read the one story in the newspaper you were actually interested in, you had to buy the whole paper. Now, if you go to the Fox News, CNN, or MSNBC webpage, there may be hundreds of stories, but you're only going to point-and-click-and-read the ones you want to. This is why that often insignificant celebrity gossip or events that are trivial in terms of the big picture are prominently displayed on the page.
* During the height of the Paris Hilton nonsense (covered in more detail below) surrounding her going to jail, when on-air anchors were ''loudly'' voicing their displeasure at having to report on such a unimportant event, one of the the senior editors for a news site wrote a concise article where he put the responsibility right back where it belongs, ''on the people reading the news.'' He wrote that while he personally could not stand Paris Hilton, could not stomach the fact that he was writing about her, and (like everyone else) heartedly wished she would go away, ''she was the only thing that people wanted to read about.'' He also said that there were plenty of links on their web page to actual, important news, ''but no one was reading them.'' Everyone was clicking the links for the Paris Hilton stories and breathlessly reading those. These created a monster that fed itself.\\
He had to get people to come to his news web page in order to get page views, the more page views he had, the more popular his site was, the more popular his site was the higher it was on the radar of the advertisers who bought ad space, and the more advertisers who bought ad space, the more revenue he could earn that would allow him to earn a profit and stay in business. It was only commmon sense, therefore, to give the people what they wanted in order for him to stay in business. He finished by saying that knowing all of that didn't make him feel any better about himself for running a Paris Hilton story.
* Many small-town newspapers -- in particular mom-and-pop run weeklies, with circulation in rural communities and where the owners and/or news staff have little to no actual journalism training or news sense -- tend to emphasize "chicken dinner" stories (e.g., "Church supper draws 300 people"), social events, personality features, or fluff anecdotes about nothing in general above actual news. Much like the fictional example given in the lead of this article, the headlines run front page above the fold, with oversized photographs and large-font headlines emblazoned across the page. Actual news -- a fire, crime, or controversial issues affecting local government/schools -- may be buried deep in the paper or completely ignored. While some editors say this is because the event in question may be several days old and in their mind covered sufficiently by competing media (i.e., TV and daily newspapers in the paper's circulation area) with more resources, others do this because of their lack of training/skill/news sense, or the staff's priorities (for instance, a perception that their readers want "good news" over the negative).
* The term "junk food news" is used by some sarcastically to define news they say is "sensationalized, personalized, and homogenized inconsequential trivia." Critics contend that such news -- often celebrity/show business/Hollywood rumors, the latest (ultimately short-lived) fads, dubious medical/consumer advice/claims/research that is little more than a pitch for some useless product, major sports events/rumors, certain criminal trials (e.g., the murder trials of O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony), "weird" news, "humorous" police blotter items and "chicken dinner fluff" -- take the place of serious, investigative/watchdog journalism. For example, a news story recounting the legal troubles of Lindsay Lohan might receive banner news attention while a story about, say, a binding referendum that could expand or scale back gun control policies, or a vote on requiring an ID to purchase cleaning fluid, gets little to no attention. More can be read [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junk_food_news at that other Wiki]]. Supporters of the "junk food news" theory might claim that such news detracts from a journalist's actual mission (to keep government in check) and has allowed -- either by acting passively or as part of some larger "conspiracy" -- government to, in their words, "infringe on the rights of others." Those who debunk that argument will counter with claims that actual news is given sufficient coverage and that the public is interested in pop culture (e.g., how their favorite team did if they've played in a championship game, the latest news on Michael Jackson, etc.).
** With regard to police news, many newspapers will publish a listing of police calls from within the cities and counties within the circulation area, and on occasion such calls will involve unusual circumstances (e.g., officers finding a boa constrictor while searching a car trunk for stolen goods, a drunk driving suspect who was totally naked). While virtually everyone would agree such calls are a matter of record, regardless of the circumstances, and more often than not merit separate stories, the disproportionate emphasis on the "offbeat" calls and such getting banner headline coverage (above serious police/crime/court stories) is the point of contention.
** In addition to "humorous" police news, some critics contend that "missing white woman" (i.e., "damsel in distress") stories, or stories about a search for a missing person the media supposedly portrays as "sympathetic", get disproportionate media coverage over serious reporting on police issues and criminal/court proceedings. The term "MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome" comes from the victim of such incidents, usually a young, attractive white woman of a middle to upper-middle class background, often illustrated through extensive use of formal photographs and other pictures of said victim in "happy times" with family and friends, and interviews with close friends and family (often tearfully pleading for the safe return of their friend/daughter, even though they know it isn't going to happen). In contrast, except if they are sufficiently well-known that their disappearance cannot be ignored or if the editor/publisher's values are different than larger media, men and/or the women who don't fit the stereotypical "totally hot babe" definition (e.g., a fat, ugly short woman) frequently gets none of the coverage... or if they do, get buried deep in a little-read section of the newspaper under a small headline. More can be read [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_white_woman_syndrome at that other Wiki]].
*** Parodied by Website/TheOnion with "[[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/30112 Ugly Girl Killed]]"
** [[http://www.projectcensored.org/ Project Censored]] annually complies a list of stories it says were the most ignored and/or underreported by the mainstream media during the past year; the 2011 top "ignored" story was "More soldiers committed suicide than died in combat in 2010." Supporters say that pop culture, personality features and "chicken dinner" stories with little or no actual headline value get preference over the actual stories.
* This sometimes cannot be avoided, often when a major news event occurs just as the paper is about to go to press. Unwilling to recompose the layout, some editors will simply drop the major event in a corner and leave the rest of the front page intact. The same thing can happen with news magazines which are written well ahead of being put on shelves. In other words, something similar to AnimationLeadTime. For example, the [[http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/hr_archive.asp?fpVname=IL_DCN&ref_pge=gal&b_pge=4 May 2nd 2011 edition of the Danville Commercial-News]] led with an article about a local shopping mall agreement, relegating the death of UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden to a single column halfway down the right of the page.
** This can appear to be the case for newsmagazines (''Time'', etc.) that are printed and on the newsstands well in advance of the date printed on the cover.
* ''Series/MockTheWeek'''s 2011 series made no mention of the phone hacking scandal that came to a head in July 2011, because the news ''really'' broke after they'd finished filming the last full episode. The continuity announcer was almost apologetic in this respect.
* Happened all the time in the 1930s {{Newsreel}}, which was always geared more toward light entertainment than the dissemination of information. In a decade when North America witnessed (among other things) more bank runs, home foreclosures, protest marches, public works programs, constitutional controversies, and natural disasters than it would ever be possible to mention on a single page, the most obsessively promoted story in the newsreels was... the Dionne Quintuplets. These were five identical little girls born to a French-Canadian family from Ontario, and their appearance marked the first mass-media coverage of multiple births in history. Newsreel reporters tirelessly covered the Dionne girls as they grew up throughout the 1930s, as they were at the time the only known case of surviving quintuplets. Unfortunately, their remarkable situation was exploited both by their physician and by the Canadian government when the Dionnes were taken from their parents as infants and used/abused as a ''tourist attraction''. The Other Wiki has the entire sordid story [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionne_quintuplets here]].
** The whole hullabaloo was parodied more than six decades later in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Quintuplets 2000," which had the townspeople becoming obsessed with some ''Romanian'' quintuplets in a story that also doubled as commentary on the then-current [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elian_gonzalez Elian Gonzalez case]].
** Then there were the criminals of the time. In the first part of 1934, there were often going to be a couple of newspaper stories on bank robber John Dillinger on a daily basis -- especially in Midwestern cities.
* Extremely high-profile celebrity deaths, such as those of Princess Diana and Music/MichaelJackson, and their aftermaths aren't exactly ''unimportant'', but they have an alarming tendency to dominate international media for weeks on end at the expense of equally or more newsworthy stories. Diana's overshadowed the death of Mother Teresa the same week, and Jackson's death (especially in the U.S.) seemingly overshadowed any other story of the summer of 2009, from Iranian voter revolts to North Korean missile tests. TwentyFourHourNewsNetworks are especially bad about this.
** For all the coverage Whitney Houston's death got, you could be forgiven for thinking she only ever sang [[SmallReferencePools one song over and over again for her entire life.]]
** Alongside that, celebrity disappearances, such as [[FanNickname John-John]], UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's son, get oodles of media attention even when there's nothing to actually report ''on''.
** Regarding Michael Jackson's death, KNX 1070, a news radio station in Los Angeles, created a new section, "The Michael Jackson Update," for any little bits of information regarding his death. This section went on for at least a month and was repeated each hour.
* Yahoo News is notorious for this; its headlines are very rarely useful at all. In the UK, they seem to be obsessed with Music/CherylCole, often reporting the tiniest bit of information about her. They seem to think it's amazing that she couldn't break into the U.S. market. Her overexposure in the news may actually have caused people to become sick of her out of HypeBacklash.
* In early 2000, a panel of American journalists selected and ranked "the 100 most important news stories of the last century." Even allowing for a bias in favor of ''American'' news their judgment was a little questionable, especially since stories that were reported upon ''as they happened'' -- as opposed to even more terrible events the world learned about long after they happened -- were given higher priority. Granted, ''[[AMillionIsAStatistic number of fatalities]]'' does not directly equate to ''newsworthiness''. Examples:
** The Holocaust -- which killed 11 million people, yet wasn't made public until it was too late -- finished in seventh place, right below the assassination of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, which killed one.
** Babe Ruth's 60th home run made the list, while the Cambodian genocide of the '70s didn't.
** The seven people who died in the ''Challenger'' explosion were seen as a bigger deal than the 20 million people who starved to death in China's Great Leap Forward.
** Nixon's resignation as a result of Watergate was counted a more important story than the German invasion of Poland which started World War II.
* The November 5, 2008 Edition of one Oklahoma newspaper made no mention of [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama who won the presidency]], only noting that [=McCain=] won the county.
* Lampshaded by Rosie O'Donnell. Her legal troubles made the front page on several newspapers, on day when over a dozen soldiers were killed in Iraq. "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q2EPKKVrqI We interrupt this story that is coming from Iraq, cause Rosie's suing Donald; Donald's suing Rosie back.]]"
* North Korea's second nuclear bomb test was lost in the UK among stories of [[Series/BritainsGotTalent Susan Boyle]] and Katie Price. (If it had worked, there would be more commotion.) The only reason that most people in the UK became aware of this story was due to a radio newsreader who, due to a slip of the tongue, announced that North ''Yorkshire'' had tested the bomb. The clip was repeated endlessly over the next few days.
* December 2007/January-February 2008: In the U.S., NFL Playoffs and anything remotely having to do with the New England Patriots completely eclipsed the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the first woman to be elected as the leader of a Muslim nation, and the election that marked the return of Pakistan to something more closely resembling democracy.
* Since ''Hard Copy'' was canceled in 1999 and most of that show's staffers moved over to ''Series/EntertainmentTonight'', their definition of "Entertainment" seemingly consists of reality show stars' foibles, anorexic twins, triple team coverage of Jennifer Aniston getting a latte, and Vanessa Minnillo getting dirty looks while wearing a fat suit. The box office gets covered in a shameful fashion, any actual breaking news gets less coverage than the "ET Birthday Quiz", and film critic Leonard Maltin has given up on getting more than 20 seconds on the show and does all of his true reviewing on Reelz Channel. Also takes the trope of ViewersAreMorons to an extreme ("Real or rumor: This film premiere took place last night. That is real!").
* The Colorado "Balloon Boy" incident. It's almost as if the family [[TakeThat orchestrated it just to show the media's ridiculous priorities.]] Denver stations showed the whole thing live (as did the major cable news networks), and focused on the story for a while afterward. It was even lampshaded by cable news channels, which spent a [[HypocrisyNod considerable amount of air time discussing whether or not they should be covering the incident]].
** ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': "On Thursday, a boy hid in a box. I guess that was a faster way to tell that story."
** Most local news stations tend to cover disasters like plane crashes and the like from a regional angle, even if it has no connection whatsoever with the state or the local area: "No Wisconsin residents were on board the XYZ Airlines flight which crashed enroute from Atlanta to Los Angeles."
* One day in Spring 2009, the Northern Ireland section of BBC News Online was headlined with "Dog found wearing sunglasses". ''With a picture of said dog.''
* On March 5 every year in the UsefulNotes/UnitedKingdom, well, it seems to be the day for this. Celebrity news and so-called funny stories dominate the headlines, with everything else... well, sidelined.
* Soviet newspapers famously assigned Moon landing of Apollo 11 to the same level of importance as several Polish films being aired on TV. As opposed to some examples, it was due to politics, not infatuation with stupid gossip.
* The separation of Cheryl Cole (née Tweedy) from Ashley Cole, in the week that the British MP expenses' row investigation was ''still ongoing''. This even led to the affair being dubbed by one pundit on a radio station as "[[{{Scandalgate}} Cherylexpensegate]]."
* When Creator/{{CNN}} had their Windows 2000 computers struck by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zotob Zotob computer worm]] the network inexplicably spent three hours covering it as a live breaking news story when it was just mainly confined to their computers and not really causing all that much havoc beyond late night mocking and the Turner IT team having to fix every computer in CNN Center.
* When Tiger Woods returned to golf, it was second or even first priority on the news. Wonderfully parodied by ''Magazine/PrivateEye'', who ran the headline "''Man Who Plays Golf Plays Golf''".
* In general, a frequently raised criticism of twenty-four-hour news services is that it leads to this; instead of providing everything that's happening, what usually happens is that the news services pick one 'main' story and thrash it to death. This inevitably leads to situations where there's constant coverage of next-to-nothing happening around the 'main' story which nudges out 'lesser' stories which actually ''are'' occurring. The stereotypical example of this is reporters standing outside someone's house delivering reports which run along the lines of, "Well, nothing's happening right now -- but we'll be the first to tell you when it does!"
** It also leads desperate reporters to engage in wild conjectures in order to fill up time -- conjectures that may stick in the minds of viewers. This is especially true in the case of major plane crashes, where reporters seem to be congenitally incapable of refraining from looking for oversimplified, sensational, terrifying, and ''universally wrong'' explanations for the accident.
*** Remember the dead baby in the restroom at the Superdome during Katrina? A completely unfounded rumor, reported as news by every 24-hour news channel.
* Did anything else happen in the state of Florida on the night of July 8th, 2010? Every single newspaper in the state, or at least the southeastern part, put aside stories like the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, the state Legislative session being extended to deal with said spill, the Palm Beach County teacher's union at an impasse with the school district, the Russian spy controversy, a Pakistani suicide blast, and other news to focus on [=LeBron=] James announcing that he will sign with the Miami Heat.
* [[http://porrag1.tumblr.com/ Porra, G1!]] is a Brazilian Website/{{Tumblr}} that covers big news website mistakes (from simple misspellings to big ones such as writing "Players only returned to practice in the next Friday") and examples of this trope (one of the best so far: "Google employee rides his bike in front of the company's building in Zurich").
* News about the Comprehensive Spending Review in Britain, containing the most wide-ranging budget cuts for years, was quickly overshadowed by a football player signing a new contract with his club, and all sorts of ''important'' stories like that same player's wife getting a boob job.
* A local newspaper in Nottinghamshire decided to print a story about Michele Bachmann on pages 4 and 5, with an article about her for some [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment random reason]]. Particularly odd was the fact that there was major news on that day about the financial markets in Britain.
* The local FOX affiliate for Jacksonville listed the most important news stories of 2010. What made this list instead of the Wall Street bailouts, the Stimulus Package, the Matthew Shepard Anti-Gay Hate Crime laws, the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq, or Arizona's immigration laws? Creator/LindsayLohan being sentenced to rehab again.
* The tabloid series ''Inside Edition'' seems to exist solely to report every move Bristol Palin makes. Yes, they have stretched a brief news story from 2008 across several years.
* The ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Star]]'' often prioritises gossip over news, and as such runs into this quite a lot. Most notably, the UN sanctioning action in Libya was relegated to page ''nine'', after [[PageThreeStunna a model's tits]], coverage on the personal life of Katie Price, whose last action of note was in ''2004'', and UsefulNotes/ComicRelief. The front page didn't even ''mention'' Libya. At the same time, its stablemate, the ''Daily Express'', was more concerned with petrol prices than covering the actual conflict.
** The Daily Express is notorious for finding any excuse to put stories about Princess Diana on the cover (especially conspiracy theories about her death), which has earned the paper the nicknames Diana Express, Di'ly Express and Daily Ex-Princess. When other papers were reporting Saddam Hussein's death sentence, the Express ran with: SPIES COVER UP DIANA 'MURDER'. In 2007 this was temporarily replaced by the [[MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome Madeleine McCann kidnap story]], which the Express ran on ''one hundred consecutive front pages''.
*** [[Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou "The Chicago Tribune's headline read "Dewey Defeats Truman", but due to the time difference, Britain's Daily Telegraph had "Truman Defeats Dewey"; the Times had "Truman Defeats Dewey"; and the Daily Express went with "Princess Diana To Be Born In Twelve Years' Time.""]]
* On April 8, 2011; Portsmouth, Virginia Creator/{{NBC}} affiliate WAVY-TV began covering the story of a baby black bear running loose in Virginia Beach on their 5:00 newscasts. Where this becomes an example is when they stayed with the story for much of their remaining newscasts (even pre-empting NBC Nightly News in doing so). All this was begin covered to where there was little mention in those newscasts of the potential threat of a government shutdown due to disagreements over spending cuts in the Congressional budget. Ultimately, the bear was lowered down just as WAVY switched to NBC's prime-time lineup.
* On September 11, 2012 NBC's Today Show controversially decided to skip coverage of the annual September 11th Memorial Services in New York and Washington D.C. to continue a scheduled interview with Kardashian mother Kris Jenner. ABC and CBS both showed the coverage live even interrupting programming on the West Coast (the memorial was showing live on the East Coast) to show the memorial. Notably New York NBC affiliate WNBC did interrupt the program during the interview to show their own local coverage of the memorial.
* News in general tends to focus on what's happening in/affecting the country it's made in. This often means big international news affecting more people is often only broadcast after small local headlines, if at all. For instance, in the UK the 2010 Brazilian floods, which killed at least 51 people and forced 120,000 to leave their homes, was broadcast second to doctors in the U.K getting a pay rise.
* When the Libyan rebels suddenly appeared on the green square of Tripoli, everyone wanting to know what the hell happened was sure to avoid CNN as they ran a headline about a celebrity car crash.
* The Labour Government of the UK thought they could use the 9/11 attacks as an opportunity to release a huge pile of press-releases that would have made them look bad (in the words of a memo that was supposed to remain internal, "It's now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury."). Obviously the 9/11 attacks weren't a small story, but by using them this way the government hoped the distraction offered by the event would keep the British electorate from noticing things that were more directly relevant to them due to them being lost under a barrage of 9/11 coverage. Of course this backfired horribly when the aforementioned memo was leaked to the press. The British public were outraged by the apparent lack of compassion and cynicism displayed, and several governmental careers were ended prematurely in the ensuing scandal -- the special advisor resigned, the department's communication chief ''became'' resigned,[[note]]The first he knew of his resignation was when he received phonecalls from the press asking him for comment.[[/note]] his boss had to clarify the situation, and the phrase "bury bad news" entered the lexicon.
** Having said that, while everyone remembers the attempt to "bury" a story, few people remember what the story actually was, so you could say that the approach [[GoneHorriblyRight did work after a fashion]]. The item in question, which was indeed published on the 12th of September, announced changes to payments to councillors that were expected to be unwelcome... of course, no one remembers that incident because of the previous day's events.
* During the MiamiBass rap group 2 Live Crew's legal problems in 1990 stemming from their third album, ''As Nasty As They Wanna Be'', being declared legally obscene, ''Rolling Stone'' Magazine ran an article which included the group's leader Luke (Luther Campbell) looking at a newspaper and pointing out how Nelson Mandela coming to the U.S. was on page 3.
* After the failed assassination attempt on UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan in 1981, news agencies across the United States reported that he had not been hit. This is perhaps the biggest example of misreporting a major news story in American history. [[http://youtu.be/-B9nVmQOlRU?t=3m58s Here]] you can see ABC News reporting that he wasn't wounded, and then ''seconds later'' the revelation that yes, he was. "The president has not been wounded... He was wounded? My god! The president was hit? He's in stable condition, all this information!" Actually, he was undergoing major, potentially life threatening surgery to remove the bullet at the time. Additionally, later all three networks and CNN reported erroneously claimed that White House Press Secretary James Brady (who had suffered a head wound that left him confined to a wheelchair) had died (with new Creator/{{CBS}} Evening News anchor Dan Rather actually announcing a moment of silence). Also, at one point an equally inaccurate report stating that Reagan had died was reported before that was corrected. When the erroneous announcement of Brady's death was corrected and send to Reynolds[[note]]possibly including a correction by Frank's son, Dean; who was working for the UPI newswire at the time[[/note]]; Reynolds finally blew up; screaming at staffers to "... get it straight so we can report this thing accurately".
* On September 16, 2013, people in the Denver, Colorado metro area wanting to know about the massacre of twelve civilians in Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard made sure to avoid The Denver Channel (Denver's ABC affiliate), as they were leading with ''ad nauseum'' coverage of flooding over the previous week that had inundated many parts of the Front Range.
** For the record, Denver's ABC affiliate has been criticized before for SkewedPriorities. For example, in June 2013, when central Colorado was ravaged by wildfires, they pre-empted ABC World News with Diane Sawyer in favor of wildfire coverage. They have also been criticized for completely pre-empting some shows like ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' and ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' when the other Denver news stations like [=9News=] would simply run a continuous scrolling ticker along the bottom of the screen.
** The same happened with those September 2013 floods as well: Based on a read of users posting on the [=7News=] Website/{{Facebook}} [[https://www.facebook.com/DenverChannel page]], they are falling into the stereotypical criticism of 24 hour cable news channels (thrashing a story to death and putting it ahead of everything else). The comments for September 17th, for example, include one user who wrote, "Please, please go back to regular programming. Don't get me wrong[:] you have covered the storms and floods with [due] diligence and we appreciate it. Now you are just repeating yourselves and grasping for something to say to fill time." Another user wrote, "Can you guys start to show our show's ?????? I understand, people are having trouble, but having to watch it 24 hours a day is way too much. Go to another channel and run your live coverage."
* LyndonBJohnson once said, "If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: '[=PRESIDENT CAN'T SWIM=]'."
* If you were in Denver, Colorado at any time in January 2014, the NFL playoffs, AFC championship game of January 19th, and anything having to do with the Denver Broncos or Peyton Manning making the SuperBowl completely overshadowed such things as the Arapahoe High School shooting and death of Claire Davis. Anything having to do with the Broncos also eclipsed such things as a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy being killed in a car accident on January 26th. Controversy also ensued when a number of angry KUSA viewers vented their frustrations on [[https://www.facebook.com/ilike9news the KUSA Facebook page]] for their decision to interrupt coverage of a Stadium Series hockey game between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium that had been on the air for three hours in favor of showing the Bronco players arriving in New Jersey. One user said it best: "Why would you interrupt a hockey game to show people getting off a plane? I understand it is the Broncos, but getting off a plane is not "breaking news"".
* January 23rd, 2014: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH68bSJXGE8 MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell interrupts a congresswoman being interviewed about the NSA]] to break news about Music/JustinBieber being arrested in Florida for drag racing on public streets while drunk and stoned. Justin Bieber's arrest also overshadowed such things as a massive pileup in whiteout conditions on Interstate 94 in Indiana that killed three people, a fire at a nursing home in Quebec, and the suicide of a University of Pennsylvania student.
** It should also be noted that countless other celebrities have also been arrested on [=DWI=]s, but haven't been given a fraction of the attention that Bieber's incident got. The last celebrity DWI to cause a comparable media circus to Bieber's was Mel Gibson's back in 2006.
* The assault on Filipino host and comedian Vhong Navarro generated a mother lode of news reports showing the finer details about the incident, and allegations on the actor supposedly raping a (then) little-known starlet. So much that it practically buried news on a flooding that took place in southern Philippines, among other things, to which critics and media watchdog groups [[http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/opinion/2014/02/08/seares-vhong-deniece-storiesthe-question-too-much-327234 aren't happy about]].
* Another Philippine example: On 22 August 1983, the day after Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr was shot dead, at least one major news headline proclaimed … "TWO KILLED BY LIGHTNING". [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because, this being Martial Law, all news media were under government censorship and control—but the increasingly GenreSavvy electorate got just outraged enough that the death signalled the beginning of the end for the Marcos regime, famously toppling it from office in the [[FullCircleRevolution 1986 People Power "Revolution"]]. (According to the founders of the ''Philippine Daily Inquirer'' broadsheet, this trope is what pushed them to start their own paper.)
* March 12, 2014: In Denver, Colorado, a man abducts a 4 year old child while stealing an SUV in Longmont. He then leads police on a 90 minute car chase along Interstate 76 and E-470, during which he carjacks two other vehicles, before finally being caught in south Denver; all of this is recorded by a news helicopter. This entire chase for the most part, at least in the Denver metro area, overshadowed a gas explosion in New York City that destroyed two Harlem apartment buildings and killed at least eight people.
* Inverted in 2006 after a hotly disputed presidential election in Mexico, the losing candidate, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, decided to proclaim himself "Legitimate President of Mexico" in a public ceremony with his followers. Except for a few sympathizing newspapers and CNN, the event was largely ignored by the Mexican press, and as a result he and his followers accused them of this trope.
* In February-April 2014, UsefulNotes/{{Ukraine}} had a revolution, leading to Russia to take over Crimea and stir up trouble in eastern Ukraine, thereby raising the specter of civil war in Ukraine and returning the memory of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and generally giving everyone the geopolitical jitters. Meanwhile, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 bound for Beijing mysteriously disappeared, probably crashing somewhere in the Indian Ocean, and there was a big search for the debris. CNN followed the latter to almost egregious degrees - [=BuzzFeed=] stats say that on March 12th, the network devoted 256 out of 271 broadcast minutes covering Flight 370 on the same day that there was a fatal gas explosion in East Harlem that killed eight people, among other newsworthy stories. You would have been better off tuning in to a local New York City news station if you wanted to know about that explosion.
** CNN also drew criticism from a number of sources, like [[http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/04/21/stephen-condemns-cnn-missing-airline-coverage Stephen]] [[Creator/StephenKing King]], for exploiting the grieving relatives of the victims on the plane in an effort to boost ratings. One month after the crash, he said on Twitter, "This constant rehashing of the tragedy shows no respect to the families; it turns them into supporting players in CNN's ratings quest." Their coverage eventually fell into the lines of "Well, nothing's happening right now -- but we'll be the first to tell you when it does!" They even went so far as to call the 102nd anniversary of the sinking of the ''RMS Titanic'' as "breaking news". That particular gaffe was even called out by the parody Twitter account for ''Series/TheNewsroom'' character Will [=McAvoy=]. To put things into perspective, there came a point where the questions changed from "When will they find the plane wreckage?" to "When will CNN shut up about the plane and cover more important issues at home?"
** Ironically, the shootdown of a different Malaysia Airlines plane, Flight 17 over Ukraine in July, and the news media's focus on it, brought the Ukraine-Russia conflict back to light in turn, and CNN's coverage of ''that'' Malaysia Airlines plane actually won them an award for Best Live Television Journalism.
* An aversion: when Indonesia [=AirAsia=] Flight 8501 crashed in bad weather flying to Singapore in October 2015, some suspected that it would be the next MH370 (seeing how this is the same part of the world where MH370 crashed without a trace) with regards to news coverage. However, the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris a little less than two weeks after Flight 8501 crashed moved the focus of news teams from Indonesia to France, although there were still some headlines about the plane crash during breaks in the coverage of the shootings in Paris.
* Metrojet Flight 9268, the Russian plane shot down by ISIS at the end of October 2015, dominated the news for two weeks before being completely wiped out by the November 13 Paris attacks. In the U.S., the attacks were quick to wash away interest in a growing protest sparked in the University of Missouri. Many of the protesters sparked anger at the attacks pulling the spotlight off of them.
* Yet another aversion with Germanwings Flight 9525, which crashed in the French Alps flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. On social media, this story was abruptly overshadowed by news about Zayn Malik's departure from Music/OneDirection. But as far as actual news coverage though the Germanwings story was still far and away the most covered story, with the Malik story being barely a blip on the radar. News that three of the passengers on the flight were American, followed by further news about the plane crash being deliberate, likely means the story won't quickly disappear like with Flight 8501 or February's [=TransAsia=] Flight 235 and potentially be even bigger than either of the Malaysia Airlines stories.
* When a U.S. Presidential Election approaches, don't expect to hear anything else on the news from October 1st to Election Day...unless a massive hurricane hits the New York City area, does more than $60 billion in damage, and causes the area to have potentially week-long power outages. In that case, don't even expect to hear election news, even if you're in California.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyLMXeGHbDI This 2015 intro]] to WTKR news in Virginia. The anchor treats a bridge renaming [[SeriousBusiness just as seriously]] as a double murder and a homegrown terrorist. Also note that it was reported ahead of a school lockdown.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/why-internet-needs-to-calm-down-about-brian-williams/ This]] Website/{{Cracked}} article says that your Facebook account's "trending" stories feed has very bad priorities, and tends to have links to stories on "celebrity engagements, baby bumps, stories about actresses making public appearances with faces that don't look exactly like your favorite version of their faces from 1994, etc." To demonstrate, the article talks about the suspension of Brian Williams from NBC News. But then it points out, "It turns out Facebook isn't a dummy. We click junk. Which is why print media looks different from our trending stories. On the day that most of us were tapping the Williams stories," almost every major print newspaper in the United States ran front page articles on the death of American aid worker / ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller in an airstrike, and the announcement that Creator/JonStewart was leaving ''Series/TheDailyShow'' was never mentioned in print newspapers, but was, along with Williams' suspension, one of the two trending searches on Google that day, while stories about Mueller and a shooting of an Arab family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, were ignored. In conclusion, it explains that the discrepancy highlights the difference between a newspaper and a tabloid (the newspapers supply information you ''need'' to know, and the tabloids provide you with information you ''want'' to know[[note]]unless you are one of the Film/MenInBlack, wherein the tabloids are the most reliable source for locating extraterrestrials[[/note]]).
* In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis struck the coast of Myanmar, devastating the city of Yangon and killing over 138,000 people, becoming the deadliest natural disaster in the country's history. Five and a half years later, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. It killed more than 6,000 Filipinos, also becoming the deadliest storm in its country's history. Still, it's a far cry from what Myanmar saw. But only one of these storms became a major worldwide news story, and it wasn't Nargis.
* The shooting of nine black people, including a South Carolina state senator, in a Charleston church in June 2015 dominated the news for a week...only to quickly wiped out of American consciousness upon the Supreme Court's national legalization of gay marriage (though the latter was important on its own). The Charleston church shooting did return to the forefront shortly afterwards, although this time it was less about the shooting itself than the issue of the prominence of Confederate symbols that arose as a result of the tragedy (since the guy who did it was found to be a white supremacist).
* The murders of WDBJ-TV reporter Allison Parker and her cameraman Adam Ward would probably have likely quickly dropped off the radar and out of public consciousness...had the murders not been filmed on camera by the shooter, happened during a live morning broadcast, and uploaded online. Thus, the video went viral and the story quickly ballooned into a national juggernaut, wiping the likes of Creator/DonaldTrump and the Ashley Madison hacking scandal off the front pages of the papers, completely overshadowing the sentencing of Aurora theater shooter James Holmes to life in prison and a far deadlier massacre in Chicago, and generating far greater news coverage and public interest than a number of shootings with higher body counts (i.e. Sikh Temple, Navy Yard, UCSB) ever did, and outdoing such big stories as the Charlie Hebdo shootings or the Charleston church massacre ([[https://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=shooting&geo=US&date=6%2F2015%203m&cmpt=q&tz=Etc%2FGMT%2B4 This graph]] proves how much more public interest the Virginia story had than the Charleston one) and approaching Sandy Hook levels. In fact, it practically turned ''the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina'' into an afterthought in the minds of most people who didn't live in New Orleans. Ironically, the media turned to the execution-style shooting of an off-duty sheriff's deputy in Houston, Texas, a few days later (in which only one person got killed compared to two at the Virginia shooting). Even with the media having moved on to Texas public interest was still on Virginia.\\
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The shooter in question, a disgruntled ex-employee of WDBJ-TV, was known to have exhibited this. In news coverage on the life of gunman Vester Flanigan II (also known by his on-air name Bryce Williams) in the days following the shooting, his shortcomings as a reporter and employee -- everything from ethics to ability to get along with his co-workers to overall completeness and accuracy of stories he was assigned to cover -- were noted in several stories. To fit the trope: The Associated Press Stylebook, in its section on "Briefing of Media Law" (which Flanigan presumably was familiar with) details liability for newsgathering conduct, including "intrusion upon seclusion," "trespassing," "electronic eavesdropping" and "misrepresentation." It was the former two that, according to several accounts, Flanigan was considering (but ultimately did not do) when attempting to pursue a story on an unknown topic wanted a cameraman with whom he was with to accompany him; this happened shortly before he was fired by [=WDBJ=].
* Exploited during the World Championship 2006 in Germany, when the nation (and the world at large) where busy with European Football, while the German government seriously attempted to do changes to the ''Grundgesetz'' (the German Constitution), knowing the presses wouldn't report such an issue when there is such another "major" event in place. The changes failed to manifest thankfully; one of them was to ''allow the German army to work inside the country and if need be even against civilians''. Something like this would be cause for a major public scandal which, expectedly, also didn't happen. [[ParanoiaFuel You can panic now knowing stuff like this could happen again]].
* Hurricane Joaquin was all over the news for the last week of September 2015, with fears of it being the next Sandy. On October 1st, not long after it hit Category 4 strength, a shooting at a community college in Oregon killed 10 people. By the end of the night, the shooting was getting wall-to-wall coverage and an outpouring of grief nationwide (as is normal with every similar mass shooting incident) -- and dethroning the WDBJ shooting as the most high-profile of the year and the biggest wake-up call on gun control since Newtown -- and Joaquin had become all but an afterthought to everyone in America except meteorologists -- even those in its path. It moved out to sea a day later, with coverage of the storm by then almost exclusive to the Weather Channel. Most notably, Joaquin caused the sinking of a cargo ship, which killed more than ''three times'' the number of people as the Oregon shooting did. With this, it proves that even with a lower body count, a manmade gun violence or terrorist attack will always carry greater weight than weather-related deaths.
* The death of Creator/RobinWilliams fits this trope, as it completely cannibalized news of the death of Creator/LaurenBacall (as well as nearly every other news story that week; note that the shooting death of Michael Brown, although having occurred two days prior, didn't become a big deal until the end of the week and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, although already big on social media, only gained mainstream traction the week afterwards) just one day later. Keep in mind that Williams was active for nowhere near as long as Bacall, who was the [[LastOfItsKind last living Golden Age-era actor]] and was working long before Williams was even born (however, he remains far more known among the public at large than Bacall, and while she died of natural causes at the age of 89, Williams' ''suicide'' at the age of 63 justifiably took everyone by surprise and thus was given higher prevalence in the media).
* The first wave of the 2014 Ferguson protests was overshadowed by Robin Williams' death on one side and the ALS Ice Bucket challenge on the other. The second wave - after the grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson - on the other hand, completely dominated everything else that happened -- with another police death, the July choking of 43-year old Eric Garner, sharing the spotlight -- for the two weeks that followed.
* [[DefiedTrope Challenged]] by some reporters ([[http://www.vox.com/2015/11/16/9744640/paris-beirut-media this one]] for instance) who point out that they ''do'' in fact often cover the very stories that people complain are being "ignored by the mainstream media." The problem is that people are more likely to ''read'' the fluff pieces, which in turn makes them more valuable for ad revenue, which in turn makes editors place them higher, which in turn means more people read them—ultimately creating a form of SelfFulfillingProphecy. So if you ever wonder why the media fixates on silly articles, take a harder look at [[NotSoDifferent which news articles you choose to read]].
* On January 3, 2016 Cleveland's ABC station broke into a new episode of ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' to announce the firing of Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer while every other Cleveland channel broke the news with a scrolling ticker, not interrupting programming. One hour later they broke into a new episode of ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' to carry a half-hour long news conference regarding the firing. Once again the other Cleveland stations did not break in to air the press conference besides Cleveland's CBS channel, which broke into programming on the channel's sister station for the press conference, since the channel was independent and not airing any programming of worth.
* The media's handling of Islam-related terrorist attacks came to light after the Brussels bombings of March 22, 2016. As shown by [[https://www.facebook.com/188533647842714/photos/a.188695787826500.54678.188533647842714/1273898749306193/?type=3&theater this graphic]], international reaction to terrorism seems to depend on what country the incident happened in. Since the beginning of 2015, there have been dozens of Islam-related attacks, but they only seem to gain major international attention, outrage, and/or solidarity if they take place in Western countries -- namely the two Paris attacks (Charlie Hebdo in January and the November 13th coordinated assaults), the San Bernardino, California shootings of December, the Brussels bombing, and later, the June massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando and the Bastille Day attack in Nice. While the October bombing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt also got plenty of attention, most of the talk about it was political rather than sympathetic to the victims. Compare that to the public's indifference to attacks in cities like Beirut, Baghdad, Ankara, St. Petersburg, and Istanbul, many of which had higher body counts than the Brussels, Paris, Orlando, Nice, and San Bernardino events. This has led many to complain that it seems terrorist attacks in countries that are war-torn, unstable, corrupt, poor, and/or contain a Arab/Muslim-majority population, are seen by the rest of society as normal and routine, and the rest of the world values only Western lives and reacts only when Al-Qaeda or ISIS hit particularly close to home[[note]]A notable exception to the rule, although not immediate, was the Boko Haram kidnapping of Nigerian girls -- see below[[/note]]. Not helping the case here is that some of these unreported attacks took place around the same time as the Western ones, i.e., the Beirut bombings taking a place a day before the November Paris events (as the link in the bullet point above discusses) or two major Turkey bombings in the two weeks prior to Brussels.
* The three main factors that determine public interest in a story about gun violence is the death toll, the demographical makeup of the victims, and the motivation of the shooter. In the Obama administration alone, there were hundreds of mass shootings in the nation and about ten that the flag was lowered for. The ones that shocked the nation the most during this time period were the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 (where the gunman was targeting children) and the Orlando massacre (because of the Islamic connection, homophobic motive, and most importantly, due to it having the highest body count of any mass murder in the United States since the 19th century purges of Indian tribes by western settlers). The only other ones that quickly gained major coverage were those where there was something to hook the public (i.e. Fort Hood's narrative of an Islamic soldier betraying his country, Tucson was an assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Aurora shooter James Holmes's "Batman" narrative and the fact that seventy people were injured although only twelve of them died, Isla Vista's misogynistic narrative, Charleston's white supremacist rhetoric and the Confederate flag debate, and San Bernardino being the first major ISIS-related shooting in America). Other stories with equally high body counts, like the Sikh Temple, Washington Navy Yard, or Umpqua Community College shootings didn't really have a hook that kept people focused in on the story.
* What happens when two major news events happen close together and you have to cover both? ''[[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/04/03/20-years-ago-the-unabomber-arrest-and-ron-brown-plane-crash-made-a-startling-a1/?tid=sm_fb The Washington Post]]'' does a documentation of how there have been cases where they did a double-headline on their front page. In this case, the arrest of the Unabomber coincided with the Secretary of Commerce being killed in a plane crash. Both got headlines on the front page. In other cases, though, where two major events happened at the same time, only one event got a headline. Sometimes this was justified: for instance, the crash of Air Florida Flight 90 in 1982 happened on the same day that a fatal derailment happened in the WashingtonMetro tunnels. The coincidence of the events was part of the story, so it probably seemed unnecessary to break them apart.
** Another example given is how the eruption of Mount Saint Helens in 1980 coincided with riots breaking out in Miami over the acquittal of four police officers. Naturally, most people remember May 18th for the former story as opposed to the latter. ''The Washington Post'' handled the matter by running headlines for both Mount Saint Helens and the riots on the front page, but put more photos on the front page of the eruption.
* If you wanted to know more about the 2016 7.0 earthquake in Japan, you wouldn't have gone to CNN. They spent more attention both on the air and online about a zoo employee being killed by a tiger instead. Both stories, however, were overshadowed by the larger 7.8 earthquake in Ecuador.
* Wrestling/{{Chyna}} and Music/{{Prince}} died on the same day in 2016. Coverage of Prince completely eclipsed that of Chyna. Although Chyna's death could be considered more "shocking" than Prince's because she was 12 years younger than him, Prince is far more widely known to the general public. Prince's death also overshadowed a series of drug-related murders in rural Ohio and a mass kidnapping in South Sudan. While all death is tragic, Prince's was due to natural causes rather than intentional murder.
* In the 2016 presidential election race, there's been a noticeably disproportionate amount of airtime given to Donald Trump. [[http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/network-anchor-rise-donald-trump-fault-article-1.2619018?utm_content=buffer1349f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer The reasons why are best explained here]].
* On rare occasions, awareness campaigns have helped rescue a very serious but little-known story from this status and get it to the headlines. This was most effectively seen with the "Bring Back our Girls" movement in response to the mass kidnappings of schoolgirls from the Nigerian town of Chibok by members of Islamic militant group Boko Haram. Although the story largely went unnoticed throughout much of April, it quickly gained international attention after reports of Boko Haram planning on selling them as sex slaves. Immediately after that, [=#BringBackOurGirls=] was tweeted over a million times, as an image of a frowning Michelle Obama holding up a sign with the hashtag became a symbol of the international outrage and solidarity with Nigeria that happened afterwards. Unfortunately, most of the schoolgirls have yet to be rescued as of 2016.
* The ''Kony 2012'' video also got a similar reaction, although the Internet quickly turned it into a BlackComedy kind of meme, so people didn't take it quite as seriously as the Nigerian girls.
* Gordie Howe was a legend in the world of ice hockey. Even if he wasn't ''quite'' at the level of Wayne Gretzky, he was still one of the most respected names in the industry. Unfortunately, he had the misfortune of dying shortly after Muhammad Ali and Kimbo Slice, the former of who was an even bigger icon (and about fifteen years younger) and the latter who, while more of an cult name in the MMA world, died at the young age of 42. But then, Howe's death was completely overshadowed by the murder of pop singer Christina Grimmie at a concert in Orlando, Florida. Grimmie was largely unknown to the greater public, being mostly recognized for her stint on ''Series/TheVoice'', but she had a cult fanbase on Website/YouTube. But she was only 22 when she was shot and killed by a fan (possibly an ex-boyfriend) after a concert. While Howe's death was sad, it was hardly surprising as he was 88. Much like with the Robin Williams / Lauren Bacall example, this wasn't about Howe having less recognition than Grimmie so much as the fact that the latter's death was a shocking murder that ''nobody saw coming''. Also not helping Howe's case were the other major news stories surrounding it, namely the announcement of UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton as the Democratic presumptive nominee for the U.S. presidential election[[note]]partially because of [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement the circumstances of said announcement]][[/note]] and the controversy surrounding the sentence of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner for sexual assault. However, all of these stories were eventually overshadowed by the Orlando nightclub shooting, as it was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The shooting also made the deaths of legendary voice actress Janet Waldo and (in a lesser way) of Michu Meszaros, the actor that portrayed ''Series/{{Alf}}'' in costume, complete afterthoughts outside of television-related sites.
* Of course, the thing about the Orlando nightclub shooting is that in time, a lot of focus stopped being about the actual crime itself and more about foot-in-mouth remarks that Republican presumptive nominee UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump had made on social media in response to the massacre.
* Also Orlando nightclub shooting related: a few days after it happened, a boy was killed by an alligator in the Seven Seas Lagoon at the nearby Walt Disney World Resort. Such an event would have probably only been a local news story (with many a blip on national newscasts) if it weren't for the fact that it happened shortly after both the nightclub shooting and Christina Grimmie's murder, was less than a month after another high profile child-wild animal encounter[[note]]a gorilla incident at the Cincinatti Zoo where a kid climbed into a gorilla pen and was thrown around by one of the gorillas, forcing the zoo staff to shoot the gorilla[[/note]] and it was apparently the first recorded instance of an alligator attack on Disney property.
* Something worth noting is that after massacres like Sandy Hook, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, San Bernardino, Charleston, or Orlando - basically any mass murder where the incident is a shooting - most American news media uses these events to debate over gun control rather than terrorism or mental illness.
* The Nice, France truck incident of July 14, 2016 would be somewhat overshadowed by news media within 24 hours by an attempted military coup in Turkey. This was subverted on social media, however, where Nice was for the most part the bigger story of the two (not that Turkey didn't get its fair share of attention either).
* On July 18, 2016 a lone-wolf terrorist on a train in Germany attacked people with an axe, injuring four people before he was killed by police, but for those living in Cleveland, Ohio and in fact most of the United States, that story was totally ignored by the presence of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which every local news channel was covering the course of the whole week. It even dwarfed a shooting at an anti-violence rally in nearby Euclid, Ohio and the death of TV actor and producer Garry Marshall. The shooting at a Munich [=McDonald's=] four days later, on the other hand, quickly took center stage, as, aside from the Republican convention being over by that point, the shooting was actually deadly, having killed nine people. Making matters worse, however, was the fact that the gunman was targeting children.
* Most American newspapers headlined their July 27, 2016 editions with the news that UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton had become the Democratic presidential nominee. The majority of the headlines, however, were accompanied by photos of UsefulNotes/BillClinton and/or Hillary's defeated rival Bernie Sanders, rather than of Hillary.
* In August 2016, Louisiana was hit with its worst flooding since Katrina, but due to coverage of the Olympics and the Election, it was largely ignored by television news. On the Internet, however, the flooding was in a much brighter spotlight. Since the storm did not have a name and the death toll was quite small, the story would have likely gone under the radar outside Louisiana had it not been for the fact that Baton Rouge was already reeling from a police-on-black death and a murder of a police officer by a black man, or that the lack of news coverage didn't incite such a major controversy.
* The divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in September 2016 devoured all other news stories the week it was announced. Coverage of a series of bombings in New York City and New Jersey dominated the early part of that week before Brangelina took over the news cycle. The Pitt-Jolie saga also eclipsed stories like Yahoo announcing a data breach of 500 million users, a shipwreck of a boat of Egyptian migrants, and a gasoline shortage in the southeast. The story of another police-on-black death in Charlotte, North Carolina initially went under the radar due to the divorce coverage, but as the subsequent riots grew bigger the story quickly exploded, with a shooting at a Washington state mall only temporarily unseating it as the top news story in the nation.
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* The divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in September 2016 devoured all other news stories the week it was announced. Coverage of a series of bombings in New York City and New Jersey dominated the early part of that week before Brangelina took over the news cycle. The Pitt-Jolie saga also eclipsed stories like Yahoo announcing a data breach of 500 million users, a shipwreck of a boat of Egyptian migrants, and a gasoline shortage in the southeast. The story of another police-on-black death in Charlotte, North Carolina initially went under the radar due to the divorce coverage, but as the subsequent riots grew bigger the story quickly exploded, with a shooting at a Washington state mall only temporarily unseating it as the top news story in the nation.
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d to death on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. If a newsperson shows up in an episode, they're guaranteed to end every scene they're in with something like "In other news, we enter our sixth straight day of absolutely no news at all occurring." In one episode, Stan's dad forces them to watch a Presidential nominee debate between UsefulNotes/BarackObama and Hilary Clinton. Just then there is "Breaking News" to show that BritneySpears has pissed on a lady bug while on a camping trip. We then "return to the stupid Presidential debate."

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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d to death on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. If a newsperson shows up in an episode, they're guaranteed to end every scene they're in with something like "In other news, we enter our sixth straight day of absolutely no news at all occurring." In one episode, Stan's dad forces them to watch a Presidential nominee debate between UsefulNotes/BarackObama and Hilary Clinton. Just then there is "Breaking News" to show that BritneySpears Music/BritneySpears has pissed on a lady bug while on a camping trip. We then "return to the stupid Presidential debate."
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* Gordie Howe was a legend in the world of ice hockey. Even if he wasn't ''quite'' at the level of Wayne Gretzky, he was still one of the most respected names in the industry. Unfortunately, he had the misfortune of dying shortly after Muhammad Ali and Kimbo Slice, the former of who was an even bigger icon (and about fifteen years younger) and the latter who, while more of an cult name in the MMA world, died at the young age of 42. But then, Howe's death was completely overshadowed by the murder of pop singer Christina Grimmie at a concert in Orlando, Florida. Grimmie was largely unknown to the greater public, being mostly recognized for her stint on ''Series/TheVoice'', but she had a cult fanbase on Website/YouTube. But she was only 22 when she was shot and killed by a fan (possibly an ex-boyfriend) after a concert. While Howe's death was sad, it was hardly surprising as he was 88. Much like with the Robin Williams / Lauren Bacall example, this wasn't about Howe having less recognition than Grimmie so much as the fact that the latter's death was a shocking murder that ''nobody saw coming''. Also not helping Howe's case were the other major news stories surrounding it, namely the announcement of UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton as the Democratic presumptive nominee for the U.S. presidential election[[note]]partially because of [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement the circumstances of said announcement]][[/note]] and the controversy surrounding the sentence of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner for sexual assault. However, all of these stories were eventually overshadowed by the Orlando nightclub shooting. The shooting also made the deaths of legendary voice actress Janet Waldo and (in a lesser way) of Michu Meszaros, the actor that portrayed ''Series/{{Alf}}'' in costume, complete afterthoughts outside of television-related sites.

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* Gordie Howe was a legend in the world of ice hockey. Even if he wasn't ''quite'' at the level of Wayne Gretzky, he was still one of the most respected names in the industry. Unfortunately, he had the misfortune of dying shortly after Muhammad Ali and Kimbo Slice, the former of who was an even bigger icon (and about fifteen years younger) and the latter who, while more of an cult name in the MMA world, died at the young age of 42. But then, Howe's death was completely overshadowed by the murder of pop singer Christina Grimmie at a concert in Orlando, Florida. Grimmie was largely unknown to the greater public, being mostly recognized for her stint on ''Series/TheVoice'', but she had a cult fanbase on Website/YouTube. But she was only 22 when she was shot and killed by a fan (possibly an ex-boyfriend) after a concert. While Howe's death was sad, it was hardly surprising as he was 88. Much like with the Robin Williams / Lauren Bacall example, this wasn't about Howe having less recognition than Grimmie so much as the fact that the latter's death was a shocking murder that ''nobody saw coming''. Also not helping Howe's case were the other major news stories surrounding it, namely the announcement of UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton as the Democratic presumptive nominee for the U.S. presidential election[[note]]partially because of [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement the circumstances of said announcement]][[/note]] and the controversy surrounding the sentence of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner for sexual assault. However, all of these stories were eventually overshadowed by the Orlando nightclub shooting.shooting, as it was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The shooting also made the deaths of legendary voice actress Janet Waldo and (in a lesser way) of Michu Meszaros, the actor that portrayed ''Series/{{Alf}}'' in costume, complete afterthoughts outside of television-related sites.



* The Nice, France truck incident of July 14, 2016 would be somewhat overshadowed by news media within 24 hours by an attempted military coup in Turkey. However, Nice was the bigger story public interest-wise, as it dwarfed Turkey on search engines and political cartoon websites and got a more widespread support of solidarity.

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* The Nice, France truck incident of July 14, 2016 would be somewhat overshadowed by news media within 24 hours by an attempted military coup in Turkey. However, This was subverted on social media, however, where Nice was for the most part the bigger story public interest-wise, as it dwarfed of the two (not that Turkey on search engines and political cartoon websites and got a more widespread support didn't get its fair share of solidarity.attention either).
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