Are the media complicit in mass shootings?
Los Angeles Times - 06/18/2016
With few formal studies on the role of the media, experts can only offer observations.
Jack Levin, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston who has tracked mass killings, said that beginning with Columbine there was a rash of school shootings that generated widespread media coverage.
The killings stopped abruptly after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and did not resume for several months, he said. With the media focused on a story far bigger than any shooting, he said, “We robbed the copycat phenomenon of its inspiration.”