Is it just me, or do national tragedies tend to strike while the news organizations are whipped into a froth over a whole lotta nuthin'? 9/11 took Gary Condit out of the news (not a moment too soon), and the VTech shooting knocked Imus off the front page. (I don't remember what was going on when the tsunami hit; it was over Christmas, so I wasn't following the news.)
Perhaps Providence or Fate or God or whomever delivers these 2x4s to the head when our society gets too full of its own faux outrage, narcissism, and superfluity. Either that or we are engaged in such stupidity so often that it's just statistically more probable for a tragedy or atrocity to hit while we're being so foolish.