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How come Imus is such a huge story but this story not?

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Postby BGbootha » Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:40 pm

its not a race issue, but it is a media issue non the less. We spend more time getting news about the father of Anna Nicole's baby and Imus rather than hearing about whats really going on in Iraq/Afgahnistan/N Korea/etc.
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Postby Chrisy Moltisanti » Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:45 pm

Mookie4ever wrote:That's tragic.

But I ask why the first poster is making this a black vs. white issue and what this has to do with Don Imus?


And why does he/she believe the entire Rutgers basketball team is black?
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Postby Old_Style » Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:01 pm

I'm a little confused by the original poster. If you think Imus and his whole controversy is getting too much pub, why include it in your post? (both having no relation to the other). You know that by including that, it'll get more play than the story you posted.
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Postby sportsaddict » Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:55 pm

This has nothing to do with race. Very tragic and sad story. But its about a girl who was beaten and raped and tortured and went through hell. Its an awful story. It would be awful if she was black and the attackers were white- this is just an awful story.

That being said, I agree that Sharpton and Jackson are both the biggest hypocrites and racists on the face of the earth, as they are probably bigger racists than those they see in their minds as racists. But as far as the media goes, these are the types of stories that usually get covered- a black person committing a crime against a white person. I especially find this true in kidnapping stores. How many kids go missing a day? Far too many every day. Hundreds of kids. Who do we see on the news? The wealthy, upscale, young, pretty white girls. That's who the media likes to cover. How about murder? Watch the news, and if a white person from an affluent part of town is murdered by a black person, its a top story, or a headline on the front page of the newspaper. What if a black guy from a rough neighborhood gets murdered? He gets a 3 sentence section on the 5th page of the paper. That's just how our society works, its unfair and its horrible, but I think you have it wrong here. And this doesn't have much to do with Imus at all.
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Postby Art Vandelay » Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:56 pm

This read like chain letter email thing, but whether the comments added on at the end are from the original poster or someone else, they are completely ridiculous. First of all, they assume that there are no similarly violent crimes committed against blacks that don't make national news. That is patently incorrect. They would also make it seem that because this particular incident didn't gain national attention, no incidents involving white victims do--again, patently incorrect. What kind of investigation would you like the ACLU to call for? It appears that all of the people involved have been arrested and are going to face trial. What does or doesn't get national media attention is based almost completely on three factors: 1. The ability to sell, draw viewers, etc...which is in large part based on celebrity or at least something that people are familiar with (like Duke University), 2. Other stories of the day. On a slow news day almost anything can become a big national story, and 3. The news cycle.

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Postby Chrisy Moltisanti » Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:59 pm

Art Vandelay wrote:This read like chain letter email thing, but whether the comments added on at the end are from the original poster or someone else, they are completely ridiculous. First of all, they assume that there are no similarly violent crimes committed against blacks that don't make national news. That is patently incorrect. They would also make it seem that because this particular incident didn't gain national attention, no incidents involving white victims do--again, patently incorrect. What kind of investigation would you like the ACLU to call for? It appears that all of the people involved have been arrested and are going to face trial. What does or doesn't get national media attention is based almost completely on three factors: 1. The ability to sell, draw viewers, etc...which is in large part based on celebrity or at least something that people are familiar with (like Duke University), 2. Other stories of the day. On a slow news day almost anything can become a big national story, and 3. The news cycle.



What can you tell us about "the news cycle"?
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Postby SniperShot » Tue Apr 17, 2007 6:47 pm

Wow sick. I almost hope that's just some sort of chain email lie it's so horrible. :-t :-t
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Postby Snakes Gould » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:14 pm

heres a question....does anyone know what city leads the nation in murders right now? and how many? and how many of them are of what race???






1. Philadelphia
2. like 120
3. 95 % blacks


yet no one hears about that either...this is certainly not an issue about race.
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Postby great gretzky » Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:15 pm

i knwo death penalty isn't a deterrent per se, but in cases like this, I don't care. Anyone who would do this isn't "human" in my mind, and forfeits their claim for being so. This is on a different plane from a robbery or argument gone awry...
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