So why do we think it’s a lot worse?
(1) The social justice implications of who the perpetrators and victims are, mostly NAMs, and predominately black.
(2) Homicides take place in cities, where the media are based.
(3) There are so many more media outlets today, and the news cycle is 24/7, such that a mass shooting incident is hyped and hyped and hyped and hyped and hyped. In contrast, between the Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial and the Civil Rights Movement, there was sort of a gentlemen’s agreement in the media to downplay such crimes and not to sensationalize them, out of fear of spreading mass paranoia and hysteria.
(4) Many mass shooting incidents themselves have some sort of social, political, cultural or social justice implications that interest those who work in mainstream news media. For instance, I think the reasons why the media were so freaked out about the Sandy Hook nutbar is because it took place in Newtown, Connecticut, which is in the area where many well paid New York media people live, and the nutbar reminds so many media people of their own sons of about the same age.