Mainstream Media Ignores Missing Minority Kids
Meet Tamika Huston. She's been missing since May of 2004. The FBI believes she was kidnapped from her apartment in Spartanburg, SC.
She's had almost no major media attention until a small number of stories aired this Summer. The few outlets that have featured her have done so not to highlight her abduction so much as to ask why - why so little attention has been paid to her story and dozens of other missing kids and adults? Meanwhile, an entire nation knows the names and faces of Natalee Holloway, Laci Peterson, and Lori Hacking from nearly non-stop coverage of their disappearances.
Tamika is a vibrant, pretty young woman, but like most Americans, I didn't know her story until recently.
Perhaps it's because news producers don't view these kids quite as "camera ready" or as affluent as Ms. Holloway. Perhaps with some disappearances, there are mitigating circumstances involving runaway kids or custody battles.
However, there are many cases where the circumstances are exactly the same, yet major media shrugs.
This is media bias that makes political favoritism seem utterly unimportant. Yet, it stresses one important fact: mainstream media does not have accuracy or context in mind when its editors decide what to report and what to omit. Ratings and controversy are the only criteria considered.
Is it any wonder that readers are seeking out alternative sources for news and information in record numbers? If the MSM plays fast and loose with the facts surrounding missing children, what else is sacrificed on the altar of ratings?
Here is the link to the website for Missing and Exploited Children. They have a listing of missing kids across the country and you can search their database by state too. You can even make a donation.
It's worth 10 minutes of your time - even if mainstream media doesn't believe it's worth theirs.