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* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': In season one's "Dark Cupid," Ladybug kissed Cat Noir to break the spell he was under. He doesn't find out about it until season two's "Prime Queen" when Nadia uses a picture of it to prove they're secretly dating.

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* Happens off-screen in an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU''. Cragen tells Stabler and Benson that the parents of a victim have just called him asking why they heard about their daughter's murder on the news. Stabler answers that they told the victim's sister and expected her to inform the rest of the family. Only she didn't have a sister.


* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': Etta learns about Eve Brown and Dorothy Lord's arrest as Nazi spies when the Daily Blade explicitly names them in an article about twenty-one people arrested for espionage. They all turn out to have been very lazily framed by Paula von Gunther as she pretends to cooperate with the FBI, in order for her to draw them into a false sense of security so she'll be able to escape.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': Etta ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' [[ComicBook/WonderWoman1942 Vol 1]]: ComicBook/{{Etta|Candy}} learns about Eve Brown and Dorothy Lord's arrest as Nazi spies when the Daily Blade explicitly names them in an article about twenty-one people arrested for espionage. They all turn out to have been very lazily framed by Paula von Gunther as she pretends to cooperate with the FBI, in order for her to draw them into a false sense of security so she'll be able to escape.


** Hugo's employer, who briefly looked like he could become an ally among the elite, at some point accepts to make a speech that will [[spoiler:convince people to leave their children in custody of the state, who has nefarious purposes towards them]]. Hugo's disappointment results in him crossing the checkpoint out of the enclave for the elites while the speech is being made, and the presence of public screen at the checkpoint is how he discovers that his employer intended to [[spoiler:go off-script to warn people of the government's true intentions]] all along.

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** Hugo's employer, who briefly looked like he could become an ally among the elite, at some point [[spoiler:refuses to give Hugo his daughter back after his (the employer's) wife has had her abducted for the second time]] and accepts to make a speech that will [[spoiler:convince people to leave their children in custody of the state, who has nefarious purposes towards them]]. Hugo's disappointment results in him crossing the checkpoint out of the enclave for the elites while the speech is being made, and the presence of public screen at the checkpoint is how he discovers that his employer intended to [[spoiler:go off-script [[spoiler:use the speech to warn people of the government's true intentions]] intentions and start a revolution]] all along.


** Julia and Hugo's employer, who briefly looked like he could become an ally among the elite, at some point accepts to make a speech that will [[spoiler:convince people to leave their children in custody of the state, who has nefarious purposes towards them]]. Their disappointment results in them crossing the checkpoint out of the enclave for the elites while the speech is being made, and the presence of public screen at the checkpoint is how they discover that their employer intended to [[spoiler:go off-script to warn people of the government's true intentions]] all along.

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** Julia and Hugo's employer, who briefly looked like he could become an ally among the elite, at some point accepts to make a speech that will [[spoiler:convince people to leave their children in custody of the state, who has nefarious purposes towards them]]. Their Hugo's disappointment results in them him crossing the checkpoint out of the enclave for the elites while the speech is being made, and the presence of public screen at the checkpoint is how they discover he discovers that their his employer intended to [[spoiler:go off-script to warn people of the government's true intentions]] all along.


* ''Series/TheBarrier'': For a cog in the PropagandaMachine, the sole news channel and newspaper do amazingly good work of giving the protagonists news concerning them:

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* ''Series/TheBarrier'': For a cog cogs in the PropagandaMachine, the sole news channel and newspaper do amazingly good work of giving the protagonists news concerning them:


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** The day after they stay at work late to be the waiters at a party organized by their employer, Hugo and Julia find out that one of the party's guests died from the news.
** Julia and Hugo's employer, who briefly looked like he could become an ally among the elite, at some point accepts to make a speech that will [[spoiler:convince people to leave their children in custody of the state, who has nefarious purposes towards them]]. Their disappointment results in them crossing the checkpoint out of the enclave for the elites while the speech is being made, and the presence of public screen at the checkpoint is how they discover that their employer intended to [[spoiler:go off-script to warn people of the government's true intentions]] all along.

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* ''Series/TheBarrier'': For a cog in the PropagandaMachine, the sole news channel and newspaper do amazingly good work of giving the protagonists news concerning them:
** After saying goodbye to his sister-in-law Julia who needs to leave Madrid because she comitted a murder that's all over the news in self-defense, Hugo sees on a public screen that [[spoiler:Julia's boyfriend was arrested and made the public scapegoat for the murder]]. This prompts Hugo to go looking for Julia and eventually find her just in time to help her talk the police into letting her go. The broadcast also allows Julia's mother and Hugo's brother to know what happened by the time they reach the family's appartment.
** The fact that [[spoiler:a resistance-operated transport that Julia almost took to leave Madrid had all its passengers gunned down by the police]] is discovered by everyone involved with it via the newspaper's front page.
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* In ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', Alexander cheats on his wife, Eliza, with a woman named Maria Reynolds. After admitting to his three worst political rivals that he cheated on his wife and paid Maria's husband to cover it up he decides that they can't humiliate him by revealing what they know if he reveals it first. This stunning logic ends in him publishing "The Reynolds Pamphlet", in which he confesses everything about the affair to the general public. He does NOT bother telling Eliza about any of this before publishing it.

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* In ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', Alexander cheats on his wife, Eliza, with a woman named Maria Reynolds. After admitting to his three worst political rivals that he cheated on his wife and paid Maria's husband to cover it up he decides that they can't humiliate him by revealing what they know if he reveals it first. This stunning logic ends in him publishing "The Reynolds Pamphlet", in which he confesses everything about the affair to the general public. He does NOT bother telling Eliza about any of this before publishing it. (Note that in real life, Eliza ''did'' know about the affair before the pamphlet was published.)

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': Etta learns about Eve Brown and Dorothy Lord's arrest as Nazi spies when the Daily Blade explicitly names them in an article about twenty-one people arrested for espionage. They all turn out to have been very lazily framed by Paula von Gunther as she pretends to cooperate with the FBI, in order for her to draw them into a false sense of security so she'll be able to escape.


* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALLE}}'': After WALL•E and [=EVE=] escape from the Repair Ward of the ''Axiom'', a warning goes out of all public media outlets: "Caution, rogue robots. Caution, rogue robots." A security 'bot still image shows WALL•E and [=EVE=] grappling with her weaponized arm. [=EVE=] is aghast at [[DudeShesLikeInAComa having been handled this way while in hibernate mode]], having sunk from malfunctioning to haywire. [=EVE=] glares at poor WALL•E and snarls his name, causing WALL•E to cower like a HenpeckedHusband.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALLE}}'': ''WesternAnimation/WallE'': After WALL•E and [=EVE=] escape from the Repair Ward of the ''Axiom'', a warning goes out of all public media outlets: "Caution, rogue robots. Caution, rogue robots." A security 'bot still image shows WALL•E and [=EVE=] grappling with her weaponized arm. [=EVE=] is aghast at [[DudeShesLikeInAComa having been handled this way while in hibernate mode]], having sunk from malfunctioning to haywire. [=EVE=] glares at poor WALL•E and snarls his name, causing WALL•E to cower like a HenpeckedHusband.


->'''Ignignokt:''' We just came from Christmas Caroling out in the woods.\\
'''Frylock:''' I just heard about the woods on the news... someone burned them down!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''






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* In the ''Anime/LupinIII'' ova "Is Lupin still burning?", after Lupin wrecks his own history, he wakes in bed with no recollection of his original one, until he sees the news with Zenigata chasing Goemon turned renegade assassin, restoring his memory of the past.
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* In the mini-series on ''The Atlanta Child Murders'', the family of one murder victim discovers their child has been murdered ''when a TV crew turns up to interview them''. Their reaction is, unsurprisingly: GetOut!

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* In the mini-series on ''The Atlanta Child Murders'', the family of one murder victim discovers their child has been murdered ''when a TV crew turns up to interview them''. Their reaction is, unsurprisingly: GetOut!GetOut


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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'': The fourth case begins with Phoenix learning of Edgeworth's arrest are Gourd Lake.


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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', after Steve is manhandled by a gorilla at the zoo, Francine is quick to inform Stan that the news stated witnesses saw them messing with the gorilla.
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'': In "Super Hero", Shake's "idea" to spread local awareness of his alter-ego as The Fume by committing arson to the city, immediately spotted by Frylock on the news.


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* In ''VisualNovel/SpiritHunterNG'', Akira tries to keep the details of Ami's abduction a secret from her mother, as he worries that she'd become involved in the supernatural and be put in danger as a result. However, Natsumi learns anyway when a detective tells her all that they know, so Akira is forced to fill her in on the rest.
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* Multiple people in Series/TheWestWing hear about [[spoiler: that President Bartlet was shot]] by seeing breaking news bulletins on TV.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie'', Drew and Charlotte first learn Angelica is missing from Rex Pester before Stu and Didi have a chance to tell them.

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