Black Privilege: Study Shows Mainstream Media Buries Murderers Skin Color Unless They’re ‘White’

“White offenders’ race was mentioned in roughly 1 out of every 4 articles, compared with 1 in 17 articles about a black offender and 1 in 33 articles about a Hispanic offender”

Credit: Information Liberation


The Washington Free Beacon examined over a thousand articles on homicides from the NY Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune and other major papers and found that the media systematically buries the race of murderers — unless they’re white, in which case they make sure to highlight it right in the beginning of their stories.

Their research also showed that the media’s anti-white bias has only gotten worse since the Summer of Floyd.

From the Washington Free Beacon, “Yes, the Media Bury the Race of Murderers — If They’re Not White”:

The Free Beacon collected data on nearly 1,100 articles about homicides from six major papers, all written between 2019 and 2021. Those papers included the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, and Minneapolis’s Star-Tribune–representatives of each paper did not return requests for comment for this article. For each article, we collected the offender’s and victim’s name and race, and noted where in the article the offender’s race was mentioned, if at all.

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. These editorial choices are part and parcel with the “racial reckoning” that swept newsrooms in the wake of Floyd’s murder, which saw journalists dramatically overhauling crime coverage to emphasize the view that the criminal justice system is racist at the root–perhaps at the expense of honesty about individual offenders’ crimes.


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