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a public appearance or event deliberately staged to gain publicity from the news media
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- An occasion that attracts prominent coverage by news organizations: “It was a media event with flowing blood and absurdist overtones” (Lance Morrow).
- Informal The central figure of such an occasion: “The . . . decision turned the startled author into a media event” (William Zinsser).