There has been significant inconsistency in tallying mass shootings


“Two mass shootings in less than a week…” was how CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins introduced her live report about President Biden’s remarks following the recent massacre at a Boulder, CO supermarket. Meanwhile, the CNN website featured a story beneath the attention grabbing headline, “The Colorado attack is the 7th mass shooting in 7 days in the US.”

The stark inconsistency in these two statements about the prevalence of mass shootings is not just a function of different platforms — CNN on air versus CNN online — promoting a mixed message. Discrepancies in how the scope of the problem is characterized can be found at the same news outlet.

According to The New York Times, mass shootings occurred twice in the past week, but then also at the rate of one a day. Of course, these wildly varying assertions were published on separate occasions.

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