Free Beacon analysis shows how homicide coverage downplays the race of minority offenders
Frank James, the man arrested for Tuesday’s New York City subway shooting, is a black nationalist and outspoken racist who railed against whites, Jews, and Hispanics. A careful reader of the New York Times could be forgiven for overlooking that. In a nearly 2,000-word article on the attack, James’s race is not mentioned. The same is true for the coverage offered up by Reuters; the Washington Post only mentioned James’s race in relation to his condemnation of training programs for “low-income Black youths.”
Media critics on the right say that the conspicuous omission of James’s race from these news reports illustrates a trend among prestige papers, which deemphasize or omit the race of non-white criminals while playing up the race of white offenders. But is it a real pattern?
The data suggest an alarming editorial trend in which major papers routinely omit information from news reports, presenting readers with a skewed picture of who does and doesn’t commit crime.
WIS News 10 Staff, Nevin Smith, Hannah Robinson – Yesterday 10:03 PM
The Columbia Police Department (CPD) confirmed that around 2:03 p.m. they were called to the scene of a shooting inside of Columbiana Centre. Police announced the arrest of Jewayne M. Price as a suspect.
Price is currently charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol. CPD said additional charges may be coming. Two additional men were detained as persons of interest but were released after after investigators found they were not involved.
Investigators believe in total three suspects displayed weapons during the shooting and that at least two were fired. One of the firearms used has been collected as evidence. CPD said the shooting is likely an isolated and ongoing conflict between the suspects.
Columbia Chief Skip Holbrook said no one was killed in the shooting but 14 people were injured.
Nine of those people were hit by gunfire. Five were trampled in the crowd as people tried to escape. Currently the only person still in the hospital is a 73-year-old female victim.