Short Attention Span Journalism Theater

Why a second police shooting didn’t make waves in St. Louis: 

“Friends and I have batted this around,” replied Bill McClellan, the St. Louis Post-Dispatchcolumnist, when I e-mailed him asking why the Powell shooting had so little impact. “The city police chief, Sam Dotson, was pro-active. He was right there explaining things. Of course, it seems he overstated the police case. I did not think the video backed up his contention that the officers were in danger.

“Sometimes it seems the media and the public have an attention deficit disorder problem. We can only concentrate on one thing at a time. This Ferguson thing has been all-encompassing, yet overblown in some ways. If you were to visit the scene of the unrest on West Florissant Avenue, you’d be taken aback, I suspect, at the limit of the damage. The Quick Trip is a burn-out shell now and some windows are boarded up, but the damage is confined to a small area. You wouldn’t know it from the coverage. But it certainly swept over Powell’s case.”

All by itself?