“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Media bias?

LIVERPOOL, England — The mother of missing British 4-year-old Madeleine McCann believes she's being persecuted because of her looks, and thinks that if she "had a bigger bosom and looked more maternal, people would be more sympathetic," a London newspaper reported Tuesday.

I hate to admit it, but she might be right. There's a template when it comes to news coverage of missing persons---the prettier, the more educated, and the whiter the victim, the more horrible and news-worthy the disappearance. And that inanity extends to any family members that may or may not be involved in the disappearance. There's a presumption in the media that if you are startlingly pretty, you can't possibly have committed a crime.


Kevin said...

This doesn't have anything to do with the mother committing a crime, but look at the Natalie Holloway case. Plenty of people go on vacation and go missing in other countries. But Natalie Holloway is still getting coverage because of how pretty she was years after she went missing. She is also rich so that certainly helps. Also, Jon bene Ramsay (sorry if misspelled), what is ten years after her death? Her parents still make it in the news once a year.

Jim Bob said...

She looks like Katie Couric. The least some good bloke can do is offer assistance.