Dr. Erin Kearns asks When do attacks get covered as terrorism and when are they attributed to mental illness?

Dr. Erin Kearns, Ms. Allison E. Betus, and Dr. Anthony F. Lemieux expand on their previous research of “Why Do Some Terrorist Attacks Receive More Media Attention Than Others” by researching how the media distorts public opinion of shootings as a mental health issue or terrorism depending on the perpetrator’s skin color. The link to the full article in The Washington Post is below.


Who’s a terrorist and who’s mentally ill? We looked at 10 years of news coverage to find out.