12 dead in Paris: Mass hysteria about the Existential Islamic Threat.
Thousands dead in Nigeria from Boko Haram: Crickets
Fewer people than you can count on one hand die from Ebola in the US: Unhinged hysteria (until Election Day)
8289 people dead so far in Africa: Crickets
Hysteria tends to directly corellate to the availability of nice hotels and bars for media to hang out in.
Of course, we should also not overlook the fact that some in the League of Talking Hairdos feel a strange need to assign good guy/bad guy roles according to skin color.