Scripps Howard Study Suggests CNN & AP Favor Missing Children Who Are White

By Brian 

Quoting a must-read story on the Scripps Howard wire:

“Scripps Howard studied 162 missing-children cases reported by the Associated Press from Jan. 1, 2000, through Dec. 31, 2004. Forty-three CNN reports were also studied. Scripps Howard determined the race of the child in each case by checking records maintained by missing-children organizations or by contacting police investigators.

White children accounted for 67 percent of AP’s missing-children coverage and for 76 percent of CNN‘s. But they represented only 53 percent of the 37,665 cases reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children during the same period and only 54 percent of the cases found in a 2002 study of missing children sponsored by the U.S. Justice Department.

Black children accounted for 17 percent of the AP stories, 13 percent of CNN’s, 19 percent in the Justice Department’s study and 23 percent of cases reported to the National Center.

The discrepancies for Hispanic children were greater, accounting for just 11 percent of AP’s reporting and 9 percent of CNN’s stories, yet 18 percent of children reported to the National Center and 21 percent in the Justice Department study.”

CNN refused to comment on the study.

“This certainly crosses the entire media spectrum and is not unique to just CNN or the AP,” Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said…