Show Me Numbers… Media reporting Terror incidents.

George Reed, for CleanUpOnAisleFour

So we took a few days to quietly watch and listen here at the Clean-up On Aisle Four Blog, and we again have a strong list for Friday’s Power of Stupid Report.  Something festive popped across the waves this morning that perhaps wants a more expedient take.  I am referring to White House claims that the media is under-reporting terror attacks. Now, to be fair to all parties, this is an incredibly easy thing to fact-check.

Show me numbers, Mrs. Landingham, if you want action, show me numbers…” Josiah Bartlet to Mr. Landingham, “The West Wing.”

The accounting firms of Google, Microsoft, and Bing can tell us straight away how much attention these attacks are getting.  Let’s look at a string of just ten terror activities and see how much coverage they are really getting, shall we?  These are in no particular order.  The results are not scientific, but the ratios are extremely compelling.

  • Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting (Search terms: Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting Media)
    • About 2,670,000 results (0.83 seconds)
    • Of first ten pages 85% of results are journalist reports
  • Sandy Hook Attack Media Coverage
    • About 12,900,000 results (0.85 seconds)
    • Of first ten pages 71% of results are journalist reports
  • Charleston Church Shooting Media Coverage
    • About 2,020,000 results (0.84 seconds)
    • Of first ten pages 82% of results are journalist reports
  • Boston Marathon Bombing Media Coverage
    • About 3,970,000 results (0.93 seconds)
    • Of first ten pages 62% of results are journalist reports
  • Nice Truck Attack Media Coverage
    • About 1,950,000 results (0.73 seconds)
    • Of first ten pages 86% of results are journalist reports
  • Brussels Airport Attack
    • About 2,290,000 results (1.00 seconds)
    • Of first ten pages 75% of results are journalist reports
  • Sydney Siege Media Coverage
    • About 4,710,000 results (0.67 seconds)
    • Of first ten pages 69% of results are journalist reports
  • Istanbul Club Attack Media Coverage
    • About 2,030,000 results (0.78 seconds)
    • Of first ten pages 61% of results are journalist reports
  • Quebec City Mosque Attack Media Coverage
    • About 1,600,000 results (1.01 seconds)
    • Of first ten pages 87% of results are journalist reports
  • San Bernardino Terror Attack media coverage
    • About 1,310,000 results (0.52 seconds)
    • Of first ten pages 64% of results are journalist reports

So let’s be gracious and cut the number in half to eliminate any chance of being too high.

For ten terror attacks around the world, Media has reported on them millions and millions of times.  For comparison, the Bowling Green Massacre story turns up a lot too, but for different reasons

  • Search Criteria “Bowling Green Massacre”
    • About 418,000 results (0.53 seconds)
  • Search Criteria “KellyAnne Conway lied about Bowling Green Massacre”
    • About 271,000 results (0.71 seconds)
  • Search Criteria “KellyAnne Conway still lying about Bowling Green Massacre”
    • About 127,000 results (0.56 seconds)
  • Search Criteria “sean spicer parody SNL media coverage”
    • About 681,000 results (0.72 seconds)

So the media is indeed focusing heavily on Terror Attacks and White House Blunders.

We at Clean-Up on Aisle Four officially rate White House claims to the contrary as Alternative Facts and Fake News.

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