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24th Sep '16 4:54:34 PM LaptopGuy
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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.
23rd Sep '16 10:34:37 PM nombretomado
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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."
16th Sep '16 5:18:51 PM LaptopGuy
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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).
2nd Sep '16 10:22:48 AM LaptopGuy
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* 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.
7th Aug '16 6:45:38 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[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 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]]).

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* [[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 JonStewart 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]]).
6th Aug '16 5:54:54 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* In ''Series/OddSquad: TheMovie'', the sportscaster blows off his duties in favor of covering the hyper-awesome Weird Team's exploits.
3rd Aug '16 11:37:43 PM bwburke94
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** 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]]. [[spoiler:The item in question, which was indeed published on September 12, announced changes to payments to councillors that were expected to be unwelcome.]]

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** 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]]. [[spoiler:The The item in question, which was indeed published on September 12, the 12th of September, announced changes to payments to councillors that were expected to be unwelcome.]] unwelcome... of course, no one remembers that incident because of the previous day's events.



* 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? [[BlatantLies 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".

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* 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? [[BlatantLies He's in stable condition]], 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".



* 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. [[spoiler:It wasn't Nargis.]]

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* 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. [[spoiler:It story, and it wasn't Nargis.]]



* 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 confirmation of UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton as the Democratic presumptive nominee for the U.S. presidential election 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 confirmation announcement of UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton as the Democratic presumptive nominee for the U.S. presidential election 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}}'' ''Series/{{Alf}}'' in costume, complete afterthoughts outside of television-related sites.
1st Aug '16 4:28:48 PM ading
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* 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.
31st Jul '16 12:50:44 PM IAmNotAFunguy
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* 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

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* 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 lineuplineup.
* 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.
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