Kansas City Dirty Secret: Local News Only Offers In-depth Crime Coverage When Young, Attractive, White Women Are Missing Or Killed
As the homicide and rate of violence in Kansas City continue to soar it's clear that the media struggles to accurately report on a town recently ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in America.
Local news outlets dutifully report constant stream urban core violence, shooting and murder but when we look at the crime stories over the past week that have really resonated and captured the focus and resources of local mainstream media . . . They have one thing in common.
Take a look . . .
A recent suspected road rage killing dominated local crime news across the metro.
While the story was captivating and provides the public with warning about getting into fights with strangers on local streets . . . Confrontation betwixt drivers is actually quite common and urban core beef between two combatants is rarely covered so extensively.
Over the past few weeks, Missing white woman syndrome has been evident in the tragic case of a local lady who might have had horrible judgement in the company she kept.
Again, we hope this young woman is found and the media interest is understandable given the scary history of a suspect in her disappearance . . .
Moreover, this story's connection to another long ago missing person's cold case reminds us that local mainstream media is committed to providing far-reaching and sometimes exhaustive coverage of young, attractive white women who disappear . . . Let's not make this totally racial either . . . Any old lady over the ripe age of 35 who goes missing doesn't really earn this same kind of reporting.
Finally, Kansas City media are so captivated by missing and/or killed attractive white women that they're willing to give top billing to long ago cold cases with very little news value and/or public interest.
This week a 30-year-old cold case garnered more coverage than most deadly drive-bys in the Kansas City urban core.
In a perfect world, every Kansas City crime story would earn an appropriate attention based on its merit.
In the midst of this silly election season, there's more than enough blame for misplaced priorities to go around.
Still, there's no denying that Kansas City mainstream news is more apt to focus on the pretty faces of white women who are missing and/or killed despite a surge of violence throughout the nation that impacts an increasingly broad cross-section of Americans.