MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid attacked the coverage of the Gabby Petito case, allegedly that the only reason why Petito’s case is receiving so much press coverage is because of what Reid called: ‘missing white woman syndrome.’
As Fox News reports:
During a segment on her show “The ReidOut,” Reid said while Petito’s family deserved “answers and justice,” she felt the same media attention didn’t apply to non-White people when they go missing.
MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid: Media reporting Gabby Petito’s disappearance/presumed murder is symptom of "Missing White Woman Syndrome." pic.twitter.com/UYAWgaDyYr
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“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?”
“Well, the answer actually has a name: Missing White woman syndrome. The term coined by the late and great Gwen Iffil to describe the media and public fascination with missing White women like Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway, while ignoring cases involving missing people of color,” she added, referencing two well-known cases of missing women.
Is Reid correct that the Petito case has been over covered by the mainstream press, or is her objection to it merely an expression of her own racism? Let us know what you think in the comments below.