Fox News’ “Missing White Woman” Fetish

Some observations are so astute that I wonder why people aren’t screaming them through megaphones in the street. David Louis Edelman’s take on Fox News’ “missing white woman” bias qualifies for the megaphone treatment. Better yet, replace any future primetime speeches from the Decider of the United States (DOTUS) with Edelman’s post.

It’s a bias that has previously received national attention. In June of 2005, USA Today’s story, Spotlight skips cases of missing minorities, highlighted the trend. Then, national media attention was concentrated on Natalee Holloway, an 18 year old white woman who went missing in Aruba. A year previously Tamika Huston, a 24 year old black woman had also vanished under suspicious conditions. Attempts to place Tamika’s plight on the national stage were disappointing. Huston’s public relations specialist aunt, Rebkah Howard, surmised “… that networks have found a formula that has worked for them. And they tend to be about young, white attractive, middle- to upper-class women.” Bill Shine, Fox News’ senior vice president of programming commented at the time:

“The stories that ‘go national’ all have a twist or an emotional aspect to them that make them interesting.”

I guess we know where national interests lay now. Unfortunately, the phenomenon is not solely a Fox News bias. But until people learn to interpret the news and not just watch it, keep your friends close and your white women closer.