Tuesday, October 16, 2007
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.