Submitted by ucimc on September 26, 2006 - 2:47pm
The Local Media Bias
by Martel Miller
21 Sep 2006
Local media, the newspaper and television stations here in our community refuse to publish fairly.
Our local media has numerous articles and television stories about juvenile misbehavior. While legally, these stories involve minors, which the general public is rightfully barred from hearing about, our local media becomes very selective when they do decide to run stories of our local youth.
For example, the News-Gazette reported the controversy surrounding a seventh grader at the Franklin Middle School who happened to be the son of Unit 4's Superintendent, Arthur Culver.
Another example is the school fight at Central High School that involved several african american females. The News-Gazette and Channel 3 News reported that incident right away.
This past week even, 16 Year-old Kyle Johnson appeared on the 6:00p.m. Channel 3 News for rough housing that turned into an injury. The boy's picture and name was broadcasted all over the county.
Now you have Champaign Police Chief R.T. Finney's son, a middle schooler caught three weeks ago selling and in possession of marijuana at Jefferson Middle School. School officials have already expelled the buyer and placed him in the juvenile detention center. Meanwhile, the Police Chief's son has not even been charged.
The local news media feels that this is not news to the community. The News-Gazette, Channel 3 Television News, and WILL Focus 580 won't send a single news reporter out to cover this story about the Police Chief's son.
This is bias coverage of our local schools and it is frustrating that these media outlets prefer to sensationalize african american misbehavior while ignoring the misdeeds of caucasions.
The result of this media bias is the perception that African American youth are often causing trouble.
The African American community is not ignorant or unaware that when it comes to african american youth messing up, local media prefers to glamorize and sensationalize these particular incidents.
Why is that?
Rather than have this current racial bias, perhaps all media outlets need to quit publishing the names and pictures in all juvenile cases.
As it stands now, the African American Community continues to be portrayed in a negative manner.