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24th Jul '16 4:30:45 AM dmcreif
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* 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 (due to most of the victims being ''little children'') and the Orlando massacre (because of the Islamic connection, homophobic motive, and most importantly, it being the ''deadliest mass shooting in American history''). The other ones that gained major coverage also had something to hook the public (i.e. Fort Hood's narrative of an Islamic soldier betraying his country, Tucson being an assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Aurora's "Batman" narrative and the fact that ''seventy people'' were injured although only twelve 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, 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.

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* 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 (due to most of (where the victims being ''little children'') gunman was targeting children) and the Orlando massacre (because of the Islamic connection, homophobic motive, and most importantly, due to it being having the ''deadliest highest body count of any mass shooting murder in American history''). the United States since the 19th century purges of Indian tribes by western settlers). The only other ones that quickly gained major coverage also had were those where there was something to hook the public (i.e. Fort Hood's narrative of an Islamic soldier betraying his country, Tucson being was an assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Aurora's Aurora shooter James Holmes's "Batman" narrative and the fact that ''seventy people'' 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, 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.



* 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 mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, barely a day later. 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 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 mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, barely a day later.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.



* 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''.

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* 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''.children.
22nd Jul '16 11:44:06 PM LaptopGuy
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* 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.
* 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 didn't become a big deal until the end of the week and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, although already huge 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 for the two weeks that followed.

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* 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.
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 week; note that the shooting death of Michael Brown 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 huge 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.



* 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 (due to most of the victims being ''little children'') and the Orlando massacre (because of the Islamic connection, homophobic motive, and most importantly, it being the ''deadliest mass shooting in American history''). The other ones that gained major coverage also had something to hook the public (i.e. Fort Hood's narrative of an Islamic soldier betraying his country, Tucson being an assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Aurora's "Batman" narrative and the fact that ''seventy people'' were injured although only twelve 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, 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.



* 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 dwarfed Turkey on political cartoon websites and got a more widespread support of solidarity.
* 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.

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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, 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.
* 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''.
20th Jul '16 8:53:08 AM IAmNotAFunguy
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* On July 18, 2016 an 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.

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* On July 18, 2016 an 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.
20th Jul '16 8:50:46 AM IAmNotAFunguy
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* On July 18, 2016 an 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.

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* On July 18, 2016 an 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.Ohio and the death of TV actor and producer Garry Marshall.
19th Jul '16 12:52:28 PM dmcreif
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* 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 (the gorilla incident at the Cincinatti Zoo) and it was apparently the first recorded instance of an alligator attack on Disney property.

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* 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 (the encounter[[note]]a gorilla incident at the Cincinatti Zoo) 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.



* On July 18, 2016 an attacker in Germany killed 21 people with an ax, but for those living in Cleveland Ohio, 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.

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* On July 18, 2016 an attacker lone-wolf terrorist on a train in Germany killed 21 attacked people with an ax, axe, injuring four people before he was killed by police, but for those living in Cleveland Ohio, 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 Euclid, Ohio.
18th Jul '16 5:33:41 PM IAmNotAFunguy
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* On July 18, 2016 an attacker in Germany killed 21 people with an ax, but for those living in Cleveland Ohio, 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.
18th Jul '16 1:45:29 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 Grimme 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 mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, barely a day later. 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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* 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 Grimme 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 mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, barely a day later. 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 media within 24 hours by an attempted military coup in Turkey.

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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.Turkey. However, Nice dwarfed Turkey on political cartoon websites and got a more widespread support of solidarity.
16th Jul '16 9:27:56 AM dmcreif
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* The Nice, France truck incident of July 14, 2016 would be somewhat overshadowed by media within 24 hours by a military coup in Turkey.

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* The Nice, France truck incident of July 14, 2016 would be somewhat overshadowed by media within 24 hours by a an attempted military coup in Turkey.
15th Jul '16 4:12:30 PM dmcreif
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* Also seen after events like the attack events both in San Bernadino and Orlando where the attack is a shooting. Most of the American news media uses these events to debate over gun control rather than terrorism.

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* Also seen Something worth noting is that after events massacres like the attack events both in Sandy Hook, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, San Bernadino and Bernardino, Charleston, or Orlando - basically any mass murder where the attack incident is a shooting. Most of the shooting - most American news media uses these events to debate over gun control rather than terrorism.terrorism or mental illness.
* The Nice, France truck incident of July 14, 2016 would be somewhat overshadowed by media within 24 hours by a military coup in Turkey.
15th Jul '16 8:38:44 AM LaptopGuy
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