ELECTORETTE PODCAST | EPISODE ELEVEN
MASS SHOOTINGS, THE MEDIA & AMERICAN TERROR
"For some reason, all of the tropes and the explanations and the frames that came out of the Columbine coverage, have been repackaged and recycled in media coverage of almost every mass shooting since." This is just one of the points you'll hear during my conversation with terrorism scholar and mass shooting expert, Dr. Ruth Defoster. We discuss the consistent features present in all mass shootings and their perpetrators, including toxic masculinity. We walk through several of the country's attacks and discuss the media's treatment of these incidents, the contagion effect of mass shootings, and the media's influence on the culture of gun violence in America. Lastly, we discuss the Trump administration's treatment of and response to terror.