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* In the ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' episode, "iSam's Mom", when Freddie catches a criminal called the Shadow Hammer on video with special sunglasses that record video, one of the girls who lives in Freddie's apartment building [[TooDumbToLive reveals where he lives despite Freddie's insistence not to say so]].

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* In the ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' episode, "iSam's Mom", when Freddie catches a criminal called the Shadow Hammer on video with special sunglasses that record video, one of the girls who lives in Freddie's apartment building [[TooDumbToLive [[WhatAnIdiot reveals where he lives despite Freddie's insistence not to say so]].


'''Holly:''' Listen, buster, you endangered my children. And you didnít do it for anything as noble as the people. The only time you see the people is when you look down to see what youíre stepping on.

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'''Holly:''' Listen, buster, you endangered my children. And you didnít didn't do it for anything as noble as the people. The only time you see the people is when you look down to see what youíre you're stepping on.

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->'''Thornberg:''' The people have the right to know everything about everybody. You got in the way of that.\\
'''Holly:''' Listen, buster, you endangered my children. And you didnít do it for anything as noble as the people. The only time you see the people is when you look down to see what youíre stepping on.
-->-- ''Film/DieHard2''


* The Discovery TV mini-series ''Series/ManhuntUnabomber'' (which [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory dramatizes]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the FBI's manhunt for Theodore Kaczynski]]) tosses an enormous complication on the investigation after the FBI is able to single out that Kaczynski is the most probable suspect and start to surveil his home and mobilize agents covertly to raid it when the time is right and they have iron-clad proof. What was meant to be a multi-month operation turns into [[RaceAgainstTime a mad dash to find enough evidence to present to the judge and strike within 24 hours]] when NBC catches wind of what is going on and the SmugSnake producer tells the director that he will only hold the story for that much time (even after the director insists that if Kaczynski ''is'' the Unabomber, then the broadcast may end up causing a bloodbath).

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* The Discovery TV mini-series ''Series/ManhuntUnabomber'' (which [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory dramatizes]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the FBI's manhunt for Theodore Kaczynski]]) tosses an enormous complication on the investigation after the FBI is able to single out that Kaczynski is the most probable suspect and start to surveil his home and mobilize agents covertly to raid it when the time is right and they have iron-clad proof. What was meant to be a multi-month operation turns into [[RaceAgainstTime [[RaceAgainstTheClock a mad dash to find enough evidence to present to the judge and strike within 24 hours]] when NBC catches wind of what is going on and the SmugSnake producer tells the director that he will only hold the story for that much time (even after the director insists that if Kaczynski ''is'' the Unabomber, then the broadcast may end up causing a bloodbath).


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** On the morning of April 9th, 1940, while German troops were entering Norway, the king, government and parliament evacuated Oslo, taking the first train north. The broadcasting company, still free at the time, broadcast: "The government and king have evacuated to Hamar..." Whoops! The Germans were in hot pursuit within two hours.

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** On the morning of April 9th, 1940, while German troops were entering Norway, the king, government government, and parliament evacuated Oslo, taking the first train north. The broadcasting company, still free at the time, broadcast: "The government and king have evacuated to Hamar..." Whoops! The Germans were in hot pursuit within two hours.


The news media is an important source of information for the general public about crises foreign and domestic. Unfortunately, the bad guys happen to be members of the general public, and at times, the media can give them important information that the rest of us would rather they not know. Maybe it was the name of a potential hostage that the antagonists can use. Perhaps a rescue attempt was spoiled by the news. Maybe it's an important MacGuffin that will come in handy. In any case, things just got a lot harder for the protagonists.

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The news media is an important source of information for the general public about crises foreign and domestic. Unfortunately, the bad guys happen to be members of the general public, and at times, the media can give them important information that the rest of us would rather they not know. Maybe it was the name of a potential hostage that the antagonists can use. Perhaps a rescue attempt was spoiled by the news. Maybe it's an important MacGuffin that will come in handy. In any case, things just got a lot harder for the protagonists.
protagonists. This is a common tactic of the ImmoralJournalist.



Related to UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom and IfItBleedsItLeads. See also CoincidentalBroadcast, LooseLips, TaughtByTelevision, and SayingTooMuch. Not to be confused with IsThisThingStillOn and EngineeredPublicConfession when the very guy holding his own secrets accidentally says it publicly. This may overlap with SocialMediaIsBad when the broadcaster uses social media rather than more traditional media outlets.

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Related to UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom and UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom, LearnedFromTheNews,and IfItBleedsItLeads. See also CoincidentalBroadcast, LooseLips, TaughtByTelevision, and SayingTooMuch. Not to be confused with IsThisThingStillOn and EngineeredPublicConfession when the very guy holding his own secrets accidentally says it publicly. This may overlap with SocialMediaIsBad when the broadcaster uses social media rather than more traditional media outlets.


* During Volume 3 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', the villains [[spoiler:finally enact their plan by tricking Pyrrha into killing Penny on live TV after hacking the system and making it impossible for anyone to cut the feed]]. They then begin the invasion, with Grimm swarming the city, drawn to the fear and rage of the civilians, while the White Fang arrives and the Atlas robots go rogue. Cinder has Mercury live stream the attack, causing massive Grimm attacks across Remnant due to the negativity]].

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* During Volume 3 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', the villains [[spoiler:finally enact their plan by tricking Pyrrha into killing Penny on live TV after hacking the system and making it impossible for anyone to cut the feed]]. They then begin the invasion, with Grimm swarming the city, drawn to the fear and rage of the civilians, while the White Fang arrives and the Atlas robots go rogue. Cinder has Mercury live stream the attack, causing massive Grimm attacks across Remnant due to the negativity]].negativity.

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* During Volume 3 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', the villains [[spoiler:finally enact their plan by tricking Pyrrha into killing Penny on live TV after hacking the system and making it impossible for anyone to cut the feed]]. They then begin the invasion, with Grimm swarming the city, drawn to the fear and rage of the civilians, while the White Fang arrives and the Atlas robots go rogue. Cinder has Mercury live stream the attack, causing massive Grimm attacks across Remnant due to the negativity]].
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* In a general sense, the very presence of a free press makes a democratic country a more tempting target for terrorism than an authoritarian state with tightly-controlled media. The goal of insurgency terror is to use strategic violence against a civilian population to coerce a government that the terrorists cannot defeat through military means into changing its policy. If a car bomb goes off in a market but nobody hears about it, is anyone terrorized?
* In UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, generals got a lot of use out of the local papers, which often reported troop movements in the area. Robert E. Lee was particularly fond of the Northern papers during his Maryland and Pennsylvania campaigns.
* From UsefulNotes/WorldWarII:
** On the morning of April 9th, 1940, while German troops were entering Norway, the king, government and parliament evacuated Oslo, taking the first train north. The broadcasting company, still free at the time, broadcast: "The government and king have evacuated to Hamar..." Whoops! The Germans were in hot pursuit within two hours.
** In the war in the Pacific, Australian radio reported that the Japanese had landed on a particular island. As the only way they could have known that information was because a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coastwatchers Coastwatcher]] was on the island, the Japanese immediately began searching for him.



* In the case of California serial killer Ricardo Ramirez, known in the media as the "Night Stalker," the mayor held a televised news conference which indicated that the key components of the investigation were ballistics evidence and footprints found at the crime scenes. This gave Ramirez the opportunity to dispose of his weapons and shoes.



* The infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manila_hostage_crisis Rizal Park hostage-taking incident]], where an ex-cop took a tourist bus hostage in the middle of the aforementioned park. While the incident ensued the perpetrator was [[ExploitedTrope watching the news]], which covered everything happening outside the bus. Meaning he knew the police's every move but they didn't know his, as he covered all the windows of the bus.
* In the case of California serial killer Ricardo Ramirez, known in the media as the "Night Stalker", the mayor held a televised news conference which indicated that the key components of the investigation were ballistics evidence and footprints found at the crime scenes. This gave Ramirez the opportunity to dispose of his weapons and shoes.
* In UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, generals got a lot of use out of the local papers, which often reported troop movements in the area. Robert E. Lee was particularly fond of the Northern papers during his Maryland and Pennsylvania campaigns.



* Prince Harry of UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily has had a few issues trying to serve in the military because of this. Particularly, a tour of duty as a foot soldier in 2008 had to be called off because, despite a media blackout to try and keep his presence in-country a secret from the Taliban, Australian news sources ignored the blackout and reported that he was there. In 2012 he switched to flying attack helicopters, which reduced the danger somewhat (the Taliban did announce they would be looking to capture and kill him, but since attack helicopters are really bad news for enemy soldiers on the ground, they wouldn't have the luxury of focusing on which one was piloted by British royalty), and, though nothing came of it, news sources still went out of their way to report exactly which base he would be flying from, exactly where in Afghanistan that base was, and exactly how long he would be in-country.
* The infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manila_hostage_crisis Rizal Park hostage-taking incident of 2010]], where an ex-cop took a tourist bus hostage in the middle of the aforementioned park. While the incident ensued the perpetrator was [[ExploitedTrope watching the news]], which covered everything happening outside the bus. Meaning he knew the police's every move but they didn't know his, as he covered all the windows of the bus.



* Another UsefulNotes/WorldWarII example: At morning, April 9, while German troops were entering Norway, the king, government and parliament evacuated the city, taking the first train north. The Broadcasting company, still free at the time, broadcast: "The government and king have evacuated to Hamar..." Whoops! The Germans were in hot pursuit within two hours.
** In the war in the Pacific, Australian radio reported that the Japanese had landed on a particular island. As the only way they could have known that information was because a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coastwatchers Coastwatcher]] was on the island, the Japanese immediately began searching for him.



* Prince Harry of UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily has had a few issues trying to serve in the military because of this. Particularly, a tour of duty as a foot soldier in 2008 had to be called off because, despite a media blackout to try and keep his presence in-country a secret from the Taliban, Australian news sources ignored the blackout and reported that he was there. In 2012 he switched to flying attack helicopters, which reduced the danger somewhat (the Taliban did announce they would be looking to capture and kill him, but since attack helicopters are really bad news for enemy soldiers on the ground, they wouldn't have the luxury of focusing on which one was piloted by British royalty), and, though nothing came of it, news sources still went out of their way to report exactly which base he would be flying from, exactly where in Afghanistan that base was, and exactly how long he would be in-country.


* The Kennedy Administration in ''Film/ThirteenDays'' do their best to defy the trope at first when they get photographic evidence of Soviet missiles in Cuba so that they don't tip off the Soviets to the fact that they know, even if it means keeping their press secretary in the dark and keeping up the President's previously-scheduled travel which would take him out of Washington. Eventually, though, ''The New York Times'' gets a hold of the story and intends to publish it (sitting on the Bay of Pigs the year prior caught them flak); the editor eventually relents and agrees to hold off on publishing when JFK points out that holding off would save lives (including their own), thus also subverting the trope.

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* The Kennedy Administration in ''Film/ThirteenDays'' do their best to defy the trope at first when they get photographic evidence of Soviet missiles in Cuba so that they don't tip off the Soviets to the fact that they know, even if it means keeping their press secretary in the dark and keeping up the President's previously-scheduled travel which would take him out of Washington. Eventually, though, ''The New York Times'' gets a hold of the story and intends to publish it (sitting on the Bay of Pigs the year prior caught them flak); the editor eventually relents and agrees to hold off on publishing when JFK points out that holding off would save lives (including their own), thus also subverting defying the trope.


* The infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manila_hostage_crisis Rizal Park hostage-taking incident]], where an ex-cop took a tourist bus hostage in the middle of the aforementioned park. While the hostage ensued the perpetrator was [[ExploitedTrope watching the news]], which covered everything happening outside the bus. Meaning he knew the police's every move but they didn't know his, as he covered all the windows of the bus.

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* The infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manila_hostage_crisis Rizal Park hostage-taking incident]], where an ex-cop took a tourist bus hostage in the middle of the aforementioned park. While the hostage incident ensued the perpetrator was [[ExploitedTrope watching the news]], which covered everything happening outside the bus. Meaning he knew the police's every move but they didn't know his, as he covered all the windows of the bus.


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* Prince Harry of UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily has had a few issues trying to serve in the military because of this. Particularly, a tour of duty as a foot soldier in 2008 had to be called off because, despite a media blackout to try and keep his presence in-country a secret from the Taliban, Australian news sources ignored the blackout and reported that he was there. In 2012 he switched to flying attack helicopters, which reduced the danger somewhat (the Taliban did announce they would be looking to capture and kill him, but since attack helicopters are really bad news for enemy soldiers on the ground, they wouldn't have the luxury of focusing on which one was piloted by British royalty), and, though nothing came of it, news sources still went out of their way to report exactly which base he would be flying from, exactly where in Afghanistan that base was, and exactly how long he would be in-country.


* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': Angela Chen makes the friendship between Superman and Jimmy Olsen public, thereby causing one of Metallo's agents to target Jimmy. He lampshades it when begging her to recant.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': In "[[Recap/SupermanTheAnimatedSeriesS3E8SupermansPal Superman's Pal]]", Angela Chen makes the friendship between Superman and Jimmy Olsen ComicBook/JimmyOlsen public, thereby causing one of Metallo's agents to target Jimmy. He lampshades it when begging her to recant.


* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': Angela Chen makes the friendship between Superman and Jimmy Olsen public, thereby causing one of Metallo's agents to target Jimmy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': Angela Chen makes the friendship between Superman and Jimmy Olsen public, thereby causing one of Metallo's agents to target Jimmy. He lampshades it when begging her to recant.
-->'''Jimmy''': You gotta take back that story. I was almost killed last night!


* Done accidentally in ''[[Film/Shazam2019 SHAZAM!]]''. When Shazam catches a bus, that he caused to fall off a freeway overpass, a TV news crew films him arguing with Freddy, another boy in the foster home, about how he's using his powers for a quick buck, instead of being a real hero. Shortly after Freddy storms off, [[BigBad Dr. Zivana]] arrives, and mercilessly beats Shazam, who's's able to get away when he turns back into Billy inside the mall they smash into, and blends into the panicked crowd. When Zivana scans the crowd, he sees Freddy looking for Billy, [[CoincidentalBroadcast as the news clip shows Freddy arguing with Shazam.]]

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* Done accidentally in ''[[Film/Shazam2019 SHAZAM!]]''. When Shazam catches a bus, bus that he caused to fall off a freeway overpass, a TV news crew films him arguing with Freddy, another boy in the foster home, about how he's using his powers for a quick buck, buck instead of being a real hero. Shortly after Freddy storms off, [[BigBad Dr. Zivana]] arrives, Sivana]] arrives and mercilessly beats Shazam, who's's who's able to get away when he turns back into Billy inside the mall they smash into, into and blends into the panicked crowd. When Zivana Sivana scans the crowd, he sees Freddy looking for Billy, Billy [[CoincidentalBroadcast as the news clip shows Freddy arguing with Shazam.]] ]]
** The same broadcast enables [[spoiler: Mary]] to discover Billy's identity, piecing Shazam's interaction with Freddy together with other clues.

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