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During the search for Brian Laundrie, the boyfriend of deceased 22-year-old Gabby Petito, various CNN hosts propped up the narrative that the public is suffering from “white woman syndrome” because of their interest in the case.
Never mind that their interest in the case was predicated on the media’s endless coverage of it.
During a “New Day” segment on Sept. 22nd, for instance, hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar tacitly accepted this narrative from guest Mara Schiavocampo, a woman who identifies as a so-called “journalist.”
“This is what we’re seeing with the value system, society’s larger value system of white women being valued heavily and women of color not being valued as much comes through the media because a lot of the decisions about what’s being covered is made largely by newsrooms led by white men. And that’s the core of the problem here, is that this reflects the value system,” Schiavocampo told them.
See more examples of CNN touting this rhetoric below:
CNN host Chris Cuomo also seemingly got in on the bashing by posting tweets encouraging the public to focus on other cases.
Let’s see if the attention on #gabbypetito and the concern about neglect of others who are missing can generate sustained interest in finding folks. Another family is desperate. Will you take up the cause? pic.twitter.com/12XEys0wDq
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) September 23, 2021
At the time, critics responded by pointing out that he has his own show which he could use to bring attention to these cases.
You have a show – are you going to cover this story tonight?
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 23, 2021
Do you have any contacts in the media by chance?
— Joe Colangelo (@Itsjoeco) September 23, 2021
I’m assuming this will be your top story tonight?
— Julio N. Rausseo (@JNReports) September 23, 2021
Not shockingly, the case of the woman seen in Cuomo’s tweet — Reatha May Finkbonner — never made it onto his show.
As if that wasn’t humiliating enough for Cuomo, his colleagues are still reportedly obsessing over Petito’s case despite Laundrie’s remains having since been found, and thus the case mostly being solved.
Case in point:
CNN has another Petito special on tonight pic.twitter.com/skVGuqWUBq
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) October 22, 2021
The tweet above was posted Friday.
CNN’s official schedule shows that the Petito special is also slated to air again this Saturday evening.
This discovery triggered annoyance and exasperation, some of it directed at Cuomo, some of it directed at CNN in general and some of it directed to other establishment media hosts.
Your network is airing another special on Gabby Petito but nothing yet in women of color. Go figure.
— Liberty above all (@Pro_2_A) October 22, 2021
Followed by a special lecturing the viewers about how the media only cover missing white women.
— michael d (@mcd6986) October 22, 2021
In contrast to the upstart @NewsNationNow which has started an actual series called #MissingInAmerica, CNN would rather just complain
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 22, 2021
You think, bear with me here, just spit balling, but it might be possible they didn’t actually mean it?
— Hells Nells (@Nells51) October 23, 2021
Can’t wait for @ChrisCuomo to lecture us all on how we’re to blame for CNN giving attention to missing white girls
— Free agent fan – taking recommendations (@Tittlewk93) October 22, 2021
How do you spell hypocrite?
— Patti (@arnion2) October 23, 2021
Is Joy Reid aware?
— Dr. Dilostues (@drdilostues) October 22, 2021
MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who for all intents and purposes appears to be a rabid anti-white racist, was one of the loudest promoters of the “white woman syndrome” theory.
As reported by Fox News, at one point she suggested “that missing women of color weren’t noticed as much because they didn’t look like the daughters or granddaughters of newsroom executives, alluding to one of her guest’s earlier claims on the show that stories on missing non-white women weren’t sensational enough for the white, middle-aged males leading newsrooms.”
Critics fired back at the time by pointing out that she was no different — that save for the virtue-signaling that specific day, there was no real record of her dedicating shows to “missing women of color.”
Critics also noted her lack of interest in all the “people of color” who are shot and/or killed weekly in Democrat-controlled cities like Chicago.
Why are you not doing reports on this? Just like you were never doing reports on missing women of color but decided to call it out when Gabby went missing.
— TheoNyc-1988 🇺🇸 (@porscheFanNYC) October 10, 2021
@JoyAnnReid Still waiting for your weekly segment highlighting missing women of color. You have a platform, or was it all just talk?
— purefawkery (@purefawkery) October 4, 2021
Was looking forward to going on Joy Reid’s Twitter feed and seeing her highlight all the cases of women of color who’ve went missing.
But shockingly, Joy hasn’t highlighted ANY cases of missing women of color.
Surely there must be some mistake here 🤷♂️
— Russell (@Patrick08732099) October 2, 2021
These examples all point to a media ecosystem that appears to lack any semblance of introspection. The focus from the media is always outward toward others — the bad people in the public, the bad Republicans, the bad dissenting parents, etc.
Rarely do members of the media ever shine the spotlight on themselves, despite what critics say is their own many, many, many examples of hypocrisy, double standards, and bullschiff.
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