You're giving the media too much credit. We're fighting two wars and dead soldiers end up on page 6 in today's world. Of course if a Kardashian makes a video of her blowing some gangster-rapper it's on the front page. The media panders to the masses, and the "average" person today is kind of an idiot, which means half the public are bigger idiots.
Sorry to hear about your friend. It's always awful to hear about another rider being killed for no other reason than someone else's negligence.
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