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Your Opinion: Media favoritism in mass shootings

August 10, 2019 at 5:05 a.m. | Updated August 10, 2019 at 1:06 p.m.

Nelson Otto

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

Over the years, I have noticed that some news stories take off, and we hear about them over and over again for years. JonBenét Ramsey is one example. We see her story on newsstands over and over again. Thousands of children are killed each year, but we only hear about her.

A similar situation has occurred with the recent mass shootings. There are two mass shootings from this weekend we are hearing about, one in El Paso, Texas, and the other in Ohio. Yet 46 people were shot this weekend in two mass shootings in less than three hours in Chicago. Seven are dead including Demetrius Flowers, a 33-year old father of three.

Where are the network news stories, where is the outcry and where are the memorials and the Facebook articles filled with "thoughts" and "prayers?" Why are these victims less important than those in other cities? Who mourns for them? A mass shooting by definition is when there are four or more victims.

The Chicago shootings didn't even show up on the "Time" website of mass shootings, Ohio and Texas were there but not Chicago. There are people that go missing, are robbed, shot, and murdered every day, the question is, why are some newsworthy and others not? Those victims in Chicago are just as worthy of being mourned and of network news attention as all the rest.

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