If you live in the USA then where you get your "news" from is most likely not really concerned with news but money and what sells. So what sells? Things that make you afraid of things that are different. Fear mongering is rich among the major media outlets. What you don't get is a true picture of what goes on in the world. You normally hear how it is reasonable that Israel kills 4 times more innocent civilians then intended targets. You hear how they give warning and ask Palestinians to leave before bombing You hear that Israel has no choice when they kill civilians. You don't hear that the Gaza Strip is basically a large prison. You don't hear that Palestinians can't really leave the Gaza strip. You don't hear that Israel bombs civilians completely isolated from valid military targets like the a hospital or 4 kids playing ball on a empty beach. I could go on but this post isn't about Palestine and Israel. It is about news outlets and them not actually reporting news.
Think this isn't a big deal? I can see some people I'm related to making the claim it wasn't that serious because the president was never in danger because of the security protocols around him. For you that don't know how deadly ricin is think about 1 aspirin. Now chop that pill into over 200 equal parts. Now take just one of those portions and that is enough to kill a fully grown person. Yes Obama was very safe. He doesn't open his own mail and there is strict screening on any mail sent to him so even the staff in the white house were in no danger. But what about Bloomberg and Glaze? What about the postal worker that handled those letters. What if on or more of the letters broke open and contaminated other mail.
But even the "liberal" media of the USA didn't really say anything about this. Because she is a white female. You can guarantee that if she was Muslim that you would have heard nothing but her story for weeks on end. But your news doesn't want you to think critically. They want you afraid of stuff you find hard to relate to, like Muslim terrorist. That is what drives their profits and you come out the other end with a distorted view of reality. You look at Shannon and you probably think something like "she looks like someone I'd be friends with."
How many right wing extremists have you heard about killing anyone? Now how many times have your heard how dangerous Muslim terrorists are. Do you know right wing extremists are over twice as deadly as Muslim terrorists in the USA? Left wing extremists are really bad. They haven't killed anyone in over a decade. I often blame conservatives for not standing and speaking up against the radicals in their midst. But truth is most of you don't know they are there. Funny enough it is right wing extremists that always ask why Muslims don't condemn Muslim Terrorists. This is what is called projection and isn't anywhere near reality. The reality is that there are TONS of Muslim organisations that put out statements of condemnation after some terrorist attacks. From the right you only hear how the actions of radicals in their own groups are some how justified.
So here is what I suggest you start doing if you want real news. Try other sources. Huffington Post is a good one. The BBC is pretty good. Al Jazeera is actually excellent and much more independent from government pressure then the major networks in the USA.
At the end of the day if you want to stay ignorant then by all means keep watching Fox News, CNN, or even MSNBC. You'll get right wing view, warped "balanced" news or Centre right "liberal" views. What you will not get is the real story but something that makes them money and doesn't actually amount to anything remotely like journalism.