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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

11 police officers shot in 5 states in 1 day

Police were shot in Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Oregon and Washington.

"That's not normal."

But it is news.

And when they are all connected together, it's called linkage.

Except it's completely random and none of the events are actually connected to the others.


  1. I think it's interesting how, the media connects multiple different events together, as long as they have a slight connection. In this case, all of the shootings were of police officers. But how on earth are they connected? Four shootings were in Florida, the others were in two states completely on the other side of the map and two others in the middle. Obviously these police officers were not killed by the same person. So it really makes no sense to link these stories up except for the fact that they were all police officers. It's interesting why the media does this, because I feel like by headlining a story with something like "Fla. officer deaths cap deadly 24 hours for police," it's adding intensity to a story that really isn't all that intense to begin with. I feel as though it is false reporting, because at first glance, it makes it seem that some one killer went on a murderous rampage of police officers, when in fact that was not the case at all.

  2. I think that the media grasps for straws at times. There really was no reason to link these officer shootings together and publish a story about them. As we know, crime sells. This story will catch the attention of many people, even though it is just a higlight of mere coincidences.