Drug Violence and the Lacking American Media Response

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The recent massacre at a casino in Monterrey, Mexico marks the pinnacle of drug war-related violence.

The response to this tragic episode by the American media reveal the frailties of our news coverage—this story was seriously lacking the attention it deserved across many of our media outlets, a silence that unfortunately dictates a scarcity of American tweets. Apparently, you couldn’t even find evidence of this horrific episode on the NY Times until after some dedicated scrolling whereupon you would find it under the “More News” section at the bottom of your screen. The story’s news coverage is broken down by pixels per victim by Social Media Collective which highlights the relative attention it got in America’s top media outlets.


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