Joy Reid’s take on Petito murder as ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome’ gets Tatum treatment

YouTube creator Brandon Tatum took to his channel on Tuesday and deftly thrashed noted racist and pseudo-journalist Joy Reid for her disgusting take on the Gabby Petito case.

On “The Officer Tatum,” the conservative commentator and former police officer superimposed himself onto a segment from “The ReidOut” and shot down every narrative the MSNBC host tried to put forth.

Reid’s broadcast aired before the FBI had announced they had confirmed the identity of deceased Gabby Petito and ruled it a homicide. A manhunt is ongoing for Brian Laundrie, her now ex-fiance and a person of interest in the case. Even though the outlook appeared grim at the time, Reid couldn’t help but inject race into her monologue, as she seems to have no other journalistic talent.

“It goes without saying that no family should ever have to endure that kind of pain. And the Petito family certainly deserves answers and justice,” Reid said. “But the way this story has captivated the nation has many wondering, why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?”

“Ain’t nobody wondering but your sorry self,” Tatum hilariously interjected.

(Video: YouTube)

“Well, the answer actually has a name. “Missing White Woman Syndrome,” the term coined by the late and great Gwen Ifill, to describe the media and public fascination with missing white women,” Reid said.

Ifill wrote a book called “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama” and, among other roles, was an anchor and editor for “PBS Newshour.” Enough said.

Reid continued to paint the situation in the way she wished, attempting to draw this dubious conclusion which was summarily dismissed by Tatum:

“Daniel Robinson is a young black man, who’s only 24 years old, 5’8″, 165lbs, black hair, brown eyes, that’s his description. His dad has hired a private investigator to find him. He’s missing part of an arm. He was last seen driving away from his job site in the Buckeye, Arizona desert on June 23. And his case struck me because it’s very similar. He’s missing in the same part of the world. It’s a case that has all of that same kind of sizzle, the mystery of it.”


Tatum argued that a  grown man driving from his job site by his own accord is not nearly the same as Gabby Petito’s strange disappearance and the search for Brian Laundrie, who could have killed her.

“Grown people can decide not to communicate with you,” he noted.

He went on to say there is the widely-seen body-cam footage of a possible domestic violence situation in Petito’s case, as well as the couple driving away into the night and Laundrie returning without her, not cooperating with police and then vanishing himself. There are vastly different circumstances and causes for suspicion between the two.

“I think it’s invaluable that we worry about everybody that has gone missing. But, media attention is about ratings. It ain’t about your mama or your cousin going missing,” Tatum said.

In support of that theory, Tatum described America’s fascination with crime dramas both real and fictional, and how the Petito case is full of the kind of intrigue and tell-tale signs of foul play that drive television ratings, though sadly there are real people suffering.

He then raised a salient point to the host:

“Joy has a network. She has a show. You tell me, what about the Black Thug Syndrome? Where if you’re a black thug you get a lot of attention on the news?”

There is, of course, some truth to Reid’s observation that certain missing-person cases get more attention than others. There may even be some quantifiable data to support her argument. The New York Post published an article Wednesday that details the cases of several non-white women who have disappeared over the last 20 years or so, all of whom were found dead after seemingly no media coverage at all.

In the case of LaToyia Figueroa, for example, the pregnant black mom, 24, disappeared from Philadelphia in July 2005, and her remains were found outside the city a month later.

The father of her unborn child was arrested for her murder.

At the time, critics said the search for Figueroa and the paltry media attention given her case was nothing compared to that afforded to Natalee Holloway, an 18-year-old white woman who went missing from Aruba that May.

Those tragedies notwithstanding, Joy Reid and others such as CNN’s Don Lemon are quick to point out inequities that they say can only be attributed to skin color. In terms of media coverage, the Left dominates that industry, as well as academia and entertainment, so if Reid and her ilk have such concerns they would do well to put themselves under the microscope.


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