Charleston Shooting: Evidence of Stagecraft

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By Jay Dyer

Jay’s Analysis has covered mass shootings in the past, having highlighted key patterns that always emerge in events given major media attention. These are important to analyze because shootings, disappearances, kidnappings occur fairly regularly, yet curiously only certain “stories” are chosen for exclusive media focus for weeks on end. Why might that be? Why is Dylan “Storm Roof” chosen as the media spectacle at the Charleston, SC shooting at the AME Church on June 17th, yet a black man shooting churchgoers is not, nor this black man shooting whites for racial reasons? As Dave McGowan has observed, in the ?70s and ?80s the great fear was the omnipresent serial killer, supposedly always an intelligent, middle-aged white male, and since Kent State or Columbine, the transition has been made to the young, white mass shooter (or Cho-Seung Hui). (Charleston is also the location of the…

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