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Headline News Stories That Was Blown Out Of Proportion

Updated on July 17, 2014


The internet has put a lot more pressure on news channels to keep up with headline news. The result sometimes is that stories get over-played and almost get to the point mass-hysteria with news reporter adding more and more like stories in order to draw in more audience. This is the list of some of these including events that were changed to get more views and how in 2012, newscasters took the end of the world and made a huge profit out of it, to killer bees, to finally the act of using an illness to scare people. This also shows the longitude each held in the spotlight and how quickly the news got old quick.


The Zimmerman Case

This is one of the first cases where not did reporters leave off information but also changed the race of the killer. This brought the case into a race war between Caucasian and African American even through Zimmerman was actually Mexican. The reason for the switch was because more pay attention to white on black crimes and it worked. It was considered a race war and everybody debating about it.

News reporters also ignored all of the injuries on Zimmerman including photoshopping pictures of him in the cop car to look like he wasn't injured. Meanwhile, they also left out information about Martin (the victim), including the fact that he was suspended three times from school for graffiti, stealing, and being caught with drugs. Not to mention on the day of the shooting, he confronted Zimmerman after Zimmerman first called the police.

All of this was left out resulting to a trial that at first looked like a no-brainer until the real information started to come out. The result ended up being that the jury found him not guilty. This shows how powerful media was to this case. To many facts were changed and because of that it was hard to see what other information was left out or changed and the jury had to be one hundred percent positive he wasn't standing his ground. How could you prove it when half or more of the evidence was at first given wrong?

The results: Those who wanted him to go to jail were outraged by this and protested, standing in freeways and other roads. This was also one of the first times that people lost faith in MSN news because they went for a race war instead of telling all of the facts. If they were telling the truth all along maybe the outcome would have different.

Even now, it is hard to trust MSN news because they could change other news stories as well. This damaged the famous internet news source more than it helped bring in views. The person responsible for the changes were fired and MSN did offer an apology but still the damage was done.

After the case, the news followed Zimmerman reported stories of spousal abuse. They also reported another crime regarding a Caucasian shooting an african American but yet that died off almost immediately.

The Florida Zombie

In the peak of 2012, any news story that looked like it was pointing to the end of the world was suddenly the most important news story in the world. This was one of the most famous examples. On May 26, 2012 a horrible news story was creating quite a fear among viewers. The Florida Cannibal showcased a young naked man eating the face off of a homeless man. The story first came out with CNN with the title Florida Zombie resulting in the biggest jump in ratings because everybody wanted to see the zombie attack.

From there, bath salts were said to blamed the violent rage of the cannibal. This led to the outbreak of news reports of people on bath salts and also of other 'zombies' showing super abilities like being hit by cars and not being effected or getting shot over and over again and not dying. There had been a huge jump of news stories from the United States, in some countries in Europe, Russia, and even China of people attacking or eating the flesh of individuals. This only led to the feeling that maybe something really was happening.

Then just as quick as the news started popping out, they suddenly stopped. Some say that after the end of the world didn't happen, apocalypse news stories didn't sell anymore. However the damage was already done. People still remember when they first say the word zombie used in a real news story. Some felt disjointed leaving comments like, 'well that didn't last long,' or 'was that the big zombie apocalypse?'

Some like conspiracy theorists still believe there were zombies and in fact claimed that the reason why the 'zombie' attacks stopped being reported was because the government was trying to hide the outbreak so people wouldn't know there are zombies attacking people.

In fact with the information that the cannibal in the famous Florida case was found not to be on bath salts, conspiracy theorist had gone crazy with the news and even today still try to publish any strange zombie-like attacks in hopes of keeping people informed about the zombies that news reporters were banned from talking about.

In the end, it did raise ratings and thanks to CNN, mass hysteria did raise which was part of the 2012 fun. What was the weirdest thing was I was re-watching the attack the other day and a person posted a comment saying 'that wasn't real, this had to be from a movie.' It just shocks me that even a real news story could be confused for being fake. It gets you thinking how many other stories out there that might be true that people think are false?

Strange Boom Sounds and Strange Sounds Heard Around The World

This is basically two different stories that are so similar that I just combined. Again at the peak of the 2012 end of the world hysteria, news stories of towns that heard strange noises like little blasts started to pop out. At the same time, people started to post video of strange noises in the air like groans and metal grinding and almost like trumpets. These noises were everywhere from Japan to Africa to South America to Russia, to New York, even Hawaii. These videos of people catching these strange sounds were just popping up left to right. In fact even today these videos were still going strong on youtube and other websites.

For the towns that heard blasts and booms, there were isolated towns and the booms got so bad in one town that the citizens couldn't sleep. Some even moved away. Basement walls showed signs of cracks and wear. The rumors went from everything from a developing sinkhole to rumors of building underground bunkers underneath the ground, to the army testing missiles nearby. No results had been found onto what made these noises and again the news stopped almost suddenly so no information had come forth to describe what the town people were hearing.

For the strange sounds heard around the world...well let's just say it's terrifying to listen to these sounds. Although some seemed to take the audio and just play it over their own video of standing outside and videotaping the surroundings, some of them seem almost genuine. A lot of channels played some of these videos during their news hours, leaving to worry about the metal fields that the earth has, worry that these were the sounds of HAARP (a weapon that can change weather and cause tsunamis and earthquakes), or sounds of the world's last few months.

Although these sounds are still being added on youtube, there are no longer reported on any news channel. Leaving once again, some people to believe that there is a cover up happening.


Sinkholes are a part of life. The world breaks sometimes, the ground sometimes just can't support itself. There had been reports of sinkholes from as far back as written history, however sinkholes suddenly became huge in the news industry, leading to a major jump in ratings, and insurances as well.

It started with the Florida sinkhole that swallowed a man whole, then it went to the Louisiana sinkhole that started off small and has gotten bigger and bigger even to this year of 2014, it is still growing. The interesting thing about the Louisiana sinkhole, is that the media stopped talking about the sinkhole in a mass sense right before it started getting really interesting and a lot more scary than what the mass media thought they should talk about.

In terms of mass media, sinkholes was also a short lived faze. When it was at the peak, not only was news reporters showing more and more developing sinkholes, but there started to teach about what to look for and how to protect your family from a sinkhole. Actually a lot of good tips came out from the mass hysteria. However it died off pretty quickly, within three months of after the apocalypse failed to happen.

This was kind of premature because the Louisiana Sinkhole is showing recently a lot of strange events like the fact that the lake is bubbling leading to believe that there is gas at the bottom of the lake. There has also been evidence of a riptide like one would see in an ocean, leaving some to suspect that the sinkhole goes as far as the ocean and that the ocean is also leaking into the sinkhole causing the riptide. There has also been some evidence of small tremors and weird booming noises that those who have visited the sinkhole had heard.

Despite the fact that the mass media outside of probably Louisiana is not covering the sinkhole anymore, there are professionals who are still monitoring the sinkhole's growth and puzzling new behaviors like the bubbling and the riptide.


African Killer bees

Remember back in 2000 (right another failed apocalypse), the big news story was of African Killer Bees who was brought to the United States and for some reason were released. News stories of these very angry little insects that would sting a person to death was all over the news and brought terror to everybody involved.

People in heavy bee-infested areas were told to be careful while going outside and that always wear long shirts and pants and try to cover your face as much as possible. Parents were warned not to let children play outside by themselves and if they see a beehive call a pest control immediately.

For all the fear, only a couple of people have died and the news died down once again really quickly. Rather or not killer bees are still in the United States or if they are really as dangerous as what the newscasters had described, the only people who seem to be of danger are those who have allergic reaction to bee venom. Which of course, if a person is allergic to bee venom they should stay away from all types of bees.


Is This Influenza Strand Going To Be The One That Ripes Out Half Of The World's Population

Bird Flu, H1N1, SARS, and the still unknown but probably will be the next outbreak H7N9 have been the major influenza outbreaks that had gotten huge media coverage. Bird Flu, H1N1, and SARS had all reached a level of being called a pandemic due to the number of sick individuals. The problem with all three is that none of them reached a high level of infectious individuals to really be considered a pandemic, it is just way better to sell a story when they are describing a new disease that will ripe out half of the human population than say the truth.

The common flu kills more people yearly than all three of the pandemics put together. In fact usually the high number of sickness and death that each three exhibits is due to where the virus started off. Most successful viruses start off in less developed countries usually in either Africa or parts of Asia where medicine is not so widespread. From there, the virus spreads from person to person and depending on the person's immune symptom and the effects that the virus has on the body, the first death might be the first infected or it can take fifty sick individuals for somebody to die.

The virus spreads to different parts of the world either by infected livestock or when enough of a country's population gets it that a traveler will be at the infected stage when they travel to another country. Airplanes are the most well known vectors to pick of a virus because you are in a compact space with recirculating airflow and can be there for hours sometimes.

From there, those infected who may not know about their infection can pass it onto anybody they come in contact with, although usually there is more chance of passing it on to somebody that a person is in contact with for a long time like a co-worker, friends, or a family member. In return the newly infected pass it on and the virus spreads.

However when it comes to a developed country, the virus has a harder time because of medicine that people take and the possibility of going to doctors if the virus gets bad enough. In fact in developed countries usually the ones with the most risk are the very young and old just because their immune symptoms are not as strong. However with the swine flu, H1N1, there was more young adults dying than young and the old. The reason being is that less young adults can afford the cost of seeing a doctor and if they are in college or working need all the money they earn so they are unable to take a rest day.

Saying all of that, there has not been a true pandemic since the influenza of 1918 where over 40% of the world's population became ill and over fifty million people died. The only one so far that has gotten anywhere close to that is the H1N1 with a infection rate of 43 million and over 10,000 deaths. So you can see that although a lot of people died it will not be that pandemic that will kill over half the population which is what scientists have been waiting for.

The new strand, H7N9, is supposed to be the next big one. Although hard to catch and so far can only be spread through infected poultry, there is a death rate of one out of three. Considered at the time to not be a risk, health officials are keeping a close eye on the strand because viruses are prone to mutation and it can easily mutate to become airborne or by person to person.

In conclusion

This is my list of what I believe have been the most hyped news stories of the past three years. Some noticeable mentions are Lindsey Lohan path to destruction and superstorms (which will be the next article that I write). I hoped you liked my article. Do you agree with the list above or do you like I am missing something?


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