Sullivan: The Media’s By-the-Numbers Coverage of Gun Massacres Must Change


Sadly, we in the news media know just how to do it.

When a mass shooting happens, even when it happens twice in a 24-hour period—even when the death toll soars into the dozens—we reflexively spring into action. We describe the horror of what happened, we profile the shooter, we tell about the victims’ lives, we get reaction from public officials.

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