For as long as I can remember, I noticed how the media can seem one-sided (or bias if you will), when it comes to what making national headlines. I noticed that race seems to be a huge factor in determining if the story will get covered. The story that most recently got my attention was the missing black and Hispanic girls from DC.
The media coverage, or lack thereof, was astonishing! The only way that the news did spread about the missing DC teenage girls (dozen or so) that occurred over a week time span was through social media outlets such as twitter, instagram, facebook,etc. To say that I was disappointed would be an understatement.
Now the same media outlets that did NOT want to cover the story, are now breaking their silence ONLY to issue statements that the missing girls were blown out of proportion. The news outlets claim the story was incorrect and blown up by social media, and they are even going as far as saying that those girls were runaways.
The Natalee Holloway story that occurred in 2005 (as a point of reference, I was 10 years old at the time), is still being discussed today. The media coverage and frenzy about another missing white girl garners more attention than a dozen black and brown teenagers. It just doesn’t make much sense to me. It just goes to show how bias the media really is. The OJ Simpson trial started Jan 1995, (months before I was born) and it is still talked about til’ this day. Ask yourself why.