Race and the Media
March 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
The number one post (in terms of views) on this blog thus far has been the story about the boy from Kansas City, who happened to be white, and was walking along and set on fire by two other kids, who happen to be black.
This story came up again in the comments on a story over at CNN about a reporter using the N* word on live TV. Kudos to “Tom” who today at 5:08 CT posted:
Why has CNN not reported about the Black on White hate crime in Kansas City? Two black teenagers gasoline torching a white 13 year old and not adrop of reporting.
So that got me thinking and I did some Googling:
It appears the media has generally ignored the Kansas City story but the blogosphere wrote about it extensively. It also appears that both the media and the blogosphere are careful, cautious, about labeling a story a hate crime.
UPDATE: Changed formatting of the search results to better fit on the page.