Media Narrative Chart

 

I created a chart to ensure that budding journalists understand how to properly frame a story involving any type of shooting, terror attack, or other violent crime. Remember that the job of the Objective Journalist™ is not to tell the audience what happened, but to expand the event into an indictment of Western culture.

Media-Narrative-Chart

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  1. Reagan
    iWe

    Looks about right.

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    • October 9, 2015 at 1:08 pm
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  2. Member

    This is a good one, John. Did you tweet it yet?

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    • October 9, 2015 at 1:11 pm
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  3. Inactive

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: …any type of shooting, terror attack, or other violent crime….

    Couple problems here. One is that there are no terror attacks: there are no terrorists, according to Obama and the NLMSM. There are only radical Islam (or Islamic radicals if the “journalist” is trying to stray from the politically correct), militants, and insurgents.

    Contradictorily, your phrasing implies that you’ve fallen for the PC drool: terror attacks are not violent crimes; they’re acts of war.

    Chart’s pretty good, though, and dismayingly accurate.

    Eric Hines

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    • October 9, 2015 at 1:12 pm
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  4. Inactive

    White Hetero Male–Not White Hetero Male– Hate Crime

    • #4
    • October 9, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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  5. Member

    Attacker: Hippie
    Victim: Reality
    Narrative: Mondays

    • #5
    • October 9, 2015 at 1:19 pm
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  6. Inactive

    Thanks, this will take the place of ninety percent of my comments outside of Ricochet.

    • #6
    • October 9, 2015 at 1:19 pm
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  7. Member

    Attacker: Anyone in Detroit or Chicago

    Victim: Anyone in Detroit or Chicago

    Narrative: Crickets Chirping…

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    • October 9, 2015 at 1:22 pm
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  8. Member

    Aaron Miller:Attacker: Liberal Victim: Reality Narrative: Mondays

    nitpick: Lefty not liberal. Liberty has nothing to do with it.

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    • October 9, 2015 at 1:26 pm
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  9. Inactive

    I think the Female Attacker, Fraternity Victim may need some work.

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    • October 9, 2015 at 1:28 pm
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  10. Member

    Barkha Herman:

    Aaron Miller:Attacker: Liberal Victim: Reality Narrative: Mondays

    nitpick: Lefty not liberal. Liberty has nothing to do with it.

    It’s a bad habit. “Hippie” is actually my preference because it underscores how unserious their thinking is.

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    • October 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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  11. Inactive

    I’ve been wondering why the media has so many stories about the Kardashians.

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    • October 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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  12. Inactive

    Couldn’t you fit work place violence into the muslim- non muslim category?

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    • October 9, 2015 at 1:35 pm
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  13. Member

    If an act of violence occurs in Chicago, what do you do? Turn it over to Sports?
    Violence occurs in a sanctuary city by an illegal alien, is it violence? The local authorities do not recognize the legal (illegal) status of the attacker. Does the attacker even exist?

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    • October 9, 2015 at 1:41 pm
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  14. Chief
    Jon Gabriel, Ed. Post author

    Barkha Herman:This is a good one, John. Did you tweet it yet?

    Yes, ma’am.

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    • October 9, 2015 at 1:41 pm
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  15. Member

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    Barkha Herman:This is a good one, John. Did you tweet it yet?

    Yes, ma’am.

    This has the possibility to take over from your “the best thing about Obama presidency ” tweet…..

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    • October 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm
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  16. Inactive

    Fantastic.

    • #16
    • October 9, 2015 at 1:50 pm
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  17. Member

    Your handy card is a nice, easy, and accurate substitute for actually watching the news.

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    • October 9, 2015 at 1:51 pm
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  18. Contributor

    Ivy League Grad / Any one / Lack of mental health care

    • #18
    • October 9, 2015 at 1:59 pm
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  19. Member

    Comprehensive.

    • #19
    • October 9, 2015 at 2:08 pm
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  20. Thatcher

    Add a few text generation macros and we could automate the editorial page of the New York Times.

    That would be quite a cost savings.

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    • October 9, 2015 at 2:13 pm
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  21. Member

    Occupation- justifies anything,apparently.

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    • October 9, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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  22. Inactive

    Quibble: With a white shooter and white victim(s), the narrative is gun control. With a non-white shooter (or mugger or rapist, etc.) and white victim(s), the narrative is poverty, lack of opportunity, inadequate school funding, and the all-purpose “hopelessness”. All of these stem from systemic racism, of course.

    Also, you forgot a significant trigger for terrorist violence: climate change. Oh, and poverty. And lack of opportunity. And hopelessness.

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    • October 9, 2015 at 2:38 pm
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  23. Thatcher

    Jon,

    And they say Journalism can’t be reduced to a science. How thoughtful that you put it all on a quick reference laminated card. If the Journalist stops at Ben & Jerry’s and drools mint chip all over it he can just wash it off. If he drops it at the crime scene and it gets blood on it he can give it quick wash there too.

    It’s the little things that count.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • October 9, 2015 at 2:39 pm
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  24. Member

    hahaha! This is hilarious! I love it. “The Kardashians instead” hahaha!

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    • October 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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  25. Inactive

    Percival:Add a few text generation macros and we could automate the editorial page of the New York Times.

    That would be quite a cost savings.

    What are you–anti-union? For shame.

    Eric Hines

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    • October 9, 2015 at 3:06 pm
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  26. Member

    You hit the nail on the head, John.

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    • October 9, 2015 at 3:09 pm
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  27. Founder

    Painfully brilliant.

    • #27
    • October 9, 2015 at 3:25 pm
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  28. Member

    I need a perma-link button so this is at the ready for Facebook threads.

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    • October 9, 2015 at 4:02 pm
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  29. Inactive

    Marxist ===> ANYONE = Tea Party

    Unknown ===> ANYONE = Tea Party

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    • October 9, 2015 at 10:26 pm
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  30. Member

    Brilliant! That is an excellent chart.

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    • October 10, 2015 at 2:01 am
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