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23rd Mar '17 7:49:26 PM TheNicestGuy
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* ''Series/TheWire'' uses the trope seriously a few times in season five, since much of the plot involves reporters at the struggling ''Baltimore Sun'':
** Alma's piece about a triple murder gets drastically cut down and moved to the Metro section, below the fold. If you [[FreezeFrameBonus look very closely]] you can see some of the stories that made the front page, and they include a fluff piece about a skydiving company. This is explicitly called out as a case of MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome, as the victims were black in a poor neighborhood.
** The same syndrome initially stymies Detective [=McNulty's=] efforts to publicize his made-up serial killer. He does an interview for Alma, but the ''Sun'' publishes the article deep inside the paper below a story about a school name change, because the victims are homeless. He has to add a sexual element to the killings and try again to get the results he wants.
22nd Mar '17 7:45:37 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," ''New York Bulletin'' editor Mitchell Ellison tells his reporter Ben Urich that he's being assigned to cover a fluff piece on whether Hell's Kitchen will get a new subway line. Both Ben and Ellison know the subway line story is bad even by the standards of a meaningless fluff piece, but it's not a potential risk and it sells papers. At the end of the episode, when Karen Page visits Ben at his office, the copy on his desk shows the subway story was buried in the back pages, right above a "rescued cat" story

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," ''New York Bulletin'' editor Mitchell Ellison tells his reporter Ben Urich that he's being assigned to cover a fluff piece on whether Hell's Kitchen will get a new subway line. Both Ben and Ellison know the subway line story is bad even by the standards of a meaningless fluff piece, but it's not a potential risk and it sells papers. At the end of the episode, when Karen Page visits Ben at his office, the copy on his desk shows the subway story was buried in the back pages, right above a "rescued cat" storystory.
-->'''Ben Urich:''' "Rumors Bubbling: Will Hell's Kitchen Finally Get a Subway Line?" Come on! We tell that every year!
-->'''Mitchell Ellison:''' And every year it kills.
-->'''Ben Urich:''' For a ''fluff piece''.
-->'''Mitchell Ellison:''' You know, you like to be on the ground, right? You like to talk to people. Take a poll! What color do they like? Y'know, we've got a blue line, we've got a yellow line, we're running out of colors.
-->'''Ben Urich:''' Like M&Ms?
-->'''Mitchell Ellison:''' Yeah, see? Right the hell out of it.
-->'''Ben Urich:''' ''[steps up to Ellison]'' There used to be a time when the people in this building wrote the hell out of the news.
-->'''Mitchell Ellison:''' [[OldMediaPlayingCatchup Everybody we know is making twice what we are, writing from blogs, working from home in their underwear. We're hanging on by our fingertips, Ben. You really want to be greasing that ledge?]]
22nd Mar '17 7:44:33 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," ''New York Bulletin'' editor Mitchell Ellison tells his reporter Ben Urich that he's being assigned to cover a fluff piece on whether Hell's Kitchen will get a new subway line. Both Ben and Ellison know the subway line story is bad even by the standards of a meaningless fluff piece, but it's not a potential risk and it sells papers. At the end of the episode, when Karen Page visits Ben at his office, the copy on his desk shows the subway story was buried in the back pages, right above a "rescued cat" story
20th Mar '17 7:20:37 AM superluser
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* ''Film/AllThePresidentsMen'', a continuing theme of the film is how headlines for Watergate started small and grew larger. There are several scenes where Watergate headlines are overshadowed by stories that, in hindsight, were much smaller.
** An early scene has Ben Bradlee crossing out large portions of the article and saying "Stick it inside someplace."
** At another point, we see a newspaper with a headline about Eagleton dropping out. When the paper is turned over, we see that the Watergate story is below the fold
** The one time Woodward and Bernstein get the top headline, it turns out to be flawed, showing that Ben Bradlee [[ProperlyParanoid has reasons to be pushing back]].
12th Mar '17 10:58:27 AM ironballs16
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** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E14LisaVsMalibuStacy 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."

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** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E14LisaVsMalibuStacy Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy]]", {{Kent Brockman|News}} closes his show with a report about the doll Lisa helped design (mostly because [[SoMyKidsCanWatch his daughter asked him to.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."
1st Mar '17 10:05:14 PM MagnusForce
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* The plot of the ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'' episode "Media Darlings" centers on Atomic Puppet's frustration that the news is ignoring their superhero feats (like ''hurling a giant robot into the sun'') to report on...a new hair salon and its owner. [[spoiler:It turns out in the end that the hair salon's owner was a supervillain blackmailing the news to give him good publicity.]]
26th Feb '17 11:04:48 AM merotoker
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', anything plot-relevant will always be in the front page of the papers. Apparently, the characters (or at least Trafalgar Law) expect this, since at one point, he tells [[spoiler:Don Quixote Doflamingo that if Doflamingo's resignation from the Seven Warlords does not appear on the front page of the next day's paper, Law will not return Doflamingo's head scientist back]]. There is no mention on what Law would do if the announcement happened anywhere else in the paper. [[spoiler: Indeed, Doflamingo's resignation was put on the front page, though the same paper also mentions the teaming up of several notorious pirate captains, Luffy and Law included, placed in the newspaper's middle pages.]] [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], however, in that [[spoiler:Doflamingo has the clout needed to demand the press to put exactly what he wants into the papers in order to get what he wants.]]

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', anything plot-relevant will always be in the front page of the papers. Apparently, the characters (or at least Trafalgar Law) expect this, since at one point, he tells [[spoiler:Don Quixote Doflamingo that if Doflamingo's resignation from the Seven Warlords does not appear on the front page of the next day's paper, Law will not return Doflamingo's head scientist back]]. There is no mention on what Law would do if the announcement happened anywhere else in the paper. [[spoiler: Indeed, Doflamingo's resignation was put on the front page, though the same paper also mentions the teaming up of several notorious pirate captains, Luffy and Law included, placed in the newspaper's middle pages.]] [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], however, in that [[spoiler:Doflamingo has the clout needed to demand the press to put exactly what he wants into the papers in order to get what he wants.]]wants]].



* The theft of fifteen puppies in ''Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' (live action) somehow makes the front page of a ''national'' newspaper, also the wedding of two nobodies is covered by ''The Independent''. Of course this is Disney England, where the puppy crisis warrants a dozen or so squad cars to comb the Home Counties for these missing dogs. Never mind that there could be murderers to catch. If one treats the puppies as human children, then the theft of that many puppies would be equivalent to a massive kidnapping worthy of the attention of the nation's law enforcement officials.

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* The theft of fifteen puppies in ''Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' (live action) somehow makes the front page of a ''national'' newspaper, also while the wedding of two nobodies is covered by ''The Independent''. Of course this is Disney England, where the puppy crisis warrants a dozen or so squad cars to comb the Home Counties for these missing dogs. Never mind that there could be murderers to catch. If one treats the puppies as human children, then the theft of that many puppies would be equivalent to a massive kidnapping worthy of the attention of the nation's law enforcement officials.



* In ''[[Film/TheMightyDucks The Mighty Ducks]]'' series, Pee-Wee hockey results making front-page news seems a little ridiculous even by hockey-loving Minnesota standards. It goes even more overboard in the sequel, where the hockey finals of Junior Goodwill Games not only get huge newspaper coverage, but the finals preview includes a giant FloatingHeadSyndrome image hyping Coach Bombay vs. Wolf Stansson.

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* In ''[[Film/TheMightyDucks The Mighty Ducks]]'' ''Film/TheMightyDucks'' series, Pee-Wee hockey results making front-page news seems a little ridiculous even by hockey-loving Minnesota standards. It goes even more overboard in the sequel, where the hockey finals of Junior Goodwill Games not only get huge newspaper coverage, but the finals preview includes a giant FloatingHeadSyndrome image hyping Coach Bombay vs. Wolf Stansson.



** The hiring of a pilot for Air Force One is a major headline in the aftermath of the ''worst disaster humanity has ever known.'' [[note]]Despite the fact that the pilot of Air Force One is, you know, an ''Air Force pilot'' and wouldn't be hired off the street.[[/note]] While arguably a prestigous position, even aviation magazines probably aren't going to be covering this event in light of everything else that's happened to that point.

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** The hiring of a pilot for Air Force One is a major headline in the aftermath of the ''worst disaster humanity has ever known.'' [[note]]Despite the fact that the pilot of Air Force One is, you know, an ''Air Force pilot'' and wouldn't be hired off the street.[[/note]] While arguably a prestigous prestigious position, even aviation magazines probably aren't going to be covering this event in light of everything else that's happened to that point.



-->Reporter: It will kill you, and it might be on your dinner plate right now. We'll tell you what it is after the break.
-->Wanda: *horrified expression as she looks at a mimed spoon that is moments from entering her mouth* Is it peas?!

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-->Reporter: -->'''Reporter''': It will kill you, and it might be on your dinner plate right now. We'll tell you what it is after the break.
-->Wanda: -->'''Wanda''': *horrified expression as she looks at a mimed spoon that is moments from entering her mouth* Is it peas?!



* Generally averted in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout New Vegas}}'', where Mr. New Vegas, the Radio host of Radio Vegas's news reports are generally news worthy. And the Courier is rarely ever mentioned by name, except for the one news story relating to him being shot in the head and recovering (which is what kicks off the game). Played straight in a few stories, such as the one relating to the Camp Golf rookies and their training scores.

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* Generally averted in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout New Vegas}}'', ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', where Mr. New Vegas, the Radio host of Radio Vegas's news reports are generally news worthy. And the Courier is rarely ever mentioned by name, except for the one news story relating to him being shot in the head and recovering (which is what kicks off the game). Played straight in a few stories, such as the one relating to the Camp Golf rookies and their training scores.



* At the end of ''VideoGame/RockBand 3'', [[spoiler:a series of {{Spinning Newspaper}}s tells of the ensuing riot after your band's definitive performance, your rise to global super-stardom, the media attention that swamps you and how your band eventually goes missing in a plane crash over the seas of Venezuela. The final article telling of the search being called off with no hope of survivors has on the side a piece headlined "Starlet drinks coffee!"[[note]]the piece even opens with "In a shocking turn of events..."[[/note]]. For the curious, your band didn't actually die; it was a scheme to escape the media attention, giving you an opportunity for a tropical vacation.]]

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* At the end of ''VideoGame/RockBand 3'', [[spoiler:a series of {{Spinning Newspaper}}s tells of the ensuing riot after your band's definitive performance, your rise to global super-stardom, the media attention that swamps you and how your band eventually goes missing in a plane crash over the seas of Venezuela. The final article telling of the search being called off with no hope of survivors has on the side a piece headlined "Starlet drinks coffee!"[[note]]the piece even opens with "In a shocking turn of events..."[[/note]]. For the curious, your band didn't actually die; it was a scheme to escape the media attention, giving you an opportunity for a tropical vacation.]]vacation]].






* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': While [[TheNarrator Cecil's]] sense of what ''makes'' a news story noteworthy is often [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight a bit skewed]], he usually does manage to pick out the relevant stories to report on. However, he really drops the ball in Ep. 31, "A Blinking Light up on the Mountain". He neglects to mention (first) that the mountain is new, (second) that the new mountain rose out of a new set of mud plains, and (third) ''that the mud plains are currently covered by an invading army.''

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* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': While [[TheNarrator [[{{Narrator}} Cecil's]] sense of what ''makes'' a news story noteworthy is often [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight a bit skewed]], he usually does manage to pick out the relevant stories to report on. However, he really drops the ball in Ep. 31, "A Blinking Light up on the Mountain". He neglects to mention (first) that the mountain is new, (second) that the new mountain rose out of a new set of mud plains, and (third) ''that the mud plains are currently covered by an invading army.''



* {{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.

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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 Music/BritneySpears has pissed on a lady bug ladybug while on a camping trip. We then "return to the stupid Presidential debate."
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Spongebob [=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.



* 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.

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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.[[ItMakesSenseInContext makes sense in context]].
22nd Feb '17 8:10:41 AM hszmv1
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* Creator/WandaSykes once called out the news for teasing recall notices during the evening news:
-->Reporter: It will kill you, and it might be on your dinner plate right now. We'll tell you what it is after the break.
-->Wanda: *horrified expression as she looks at a mimed spoon that is moments from entering her mouth* Is it peas?!
22nd Jan '17 1:53:32 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** In the episode "You Kent Always Say What You Want", Kent Brockman begins his Smartline show with:

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** In the episode "You "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS18E22YouKentAlwaysSayWhatYouWant You Kent Always Say What You Want", Want]]", Kent Brockman begins his Smartline show with:



** 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.

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** In "Lisa Vs. "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E14LisaVsMalibuStacy Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy", 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 "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E22KrustyGetsKancelled Krusty Gets Kancelled", 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.



** Played with in the "Treehouse of Horror IX" story "Hell Toupée:

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** Played with in the "Treehouse "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E4TreehouseOfHorrorIX Treehouse of Horror IX" IX]]" story "Hell Toupée:



** 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).

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** And in "I'm "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E12ImSpellingAsFastAsICan I'm Spelling As as Fast As as I Can," 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).
3rd Jan '17 11:57:28 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics66.html This]] web site lists several [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Franchise/{{Superman}} examples. [[http://yeoldecomicblogge.blogspot.com/2006/05/newsworthy-according-to-daily-planet.html In Related News...]]

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* [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics66.html This]] web site lists several [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Franchise/{{Superman}} examples. [[http://yeoldecomicblogge.blogspot.com/2006/05/newsworthy-according-to-daily-planet.html In Related News...]]
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