Top 5 Most Disturbing Instances of Media Hysteria

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In the age of 24-hour news cycles, mass media has developed the habit of focusing on an event and covering every aspect of it nonstop. Both everyday circumstances and actual threats get blown out of proportion, often with little distinction between the two. The most disturbing instances had you stockpiling Tamiflu, buying new mattresses and refusing to open your mail. Meanwhile, the media found something else to whip itself into a frenzy about.
Top 5 Most Disturbing Instances of Media Hysteria

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Until 2012, it's doubtful most Americans were aware of a legally distributed drug commonly referred to as "bath salts"—until the media became obsessed with a story about a man in Miami who reportedly ate someone's face off while on the drug. As it turns out, he hadn't taken bath salts at all. But the proverbial cat was already out of the bag, and it was a cannibalistic zombie cat. All of a sudden, everybody was talking about bath salts—and makers of luxury bath products were none too amused. Suddenly, any bizarre crime was attributed to usage of methylenedioxypyrovalerone (say that three times fast), leading the DEA to use its emergency powers to ban the drug, citing its imminent hazard to the public.

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