Sensationalized news: What the media deems as more important

Jayda Ragas, Herald Contributor

By now, it’s safe to say that most people have heard about the multiple bombs sent to select democratic big-names like former president Barack Obama, the Clintons and CNN. These mail bombs were all the news organizations could talk about — CNN, MSNBC, Fox News. But did you know that while this was happening, two black people were shot and killed in Kentucky?

Whenever I mentioned this to people, they looked shocked. An unnerving amount of people that I talked to didn’t have any idea that this happened. According to NBC News, on Oct. 24 a white man by the name of Gregory Bush first tried to enter a predominantly black church, and when that plan failed, he went to a grocery store and murdered two black people, Maurice Stallard and Vickie Lee Jones, in the parking lot.

The story is disturbing enough, but what also disturbs me is that this story didn’t get the coverage that it deserved. Trust me, I’m appalled (but not surprised) by the bomb threats, but I don’t think it was necessary to cover that story as much as it was covered. No one who was sent a bomb was injured or killed, and those people thankfully had the protection of security and mail screening to save them from something potentially fatal. What did Maurice Stallard and Vickie Lee Jones have to protect them? Their very skin color served as a target that Gregory Bush singled out, aimed and fired at. There was nothing those two people could do. That shooting should not have been pushed aside in favor of extended news coverage on the mail bombs. The media should have a balance in what they publish and produce. One story should not completely overshadow another only because prominent figures were involved as opposed to ordinary citizens.