Geontae Glass' Amber Alert and the Media's Lack of Attention
December 5, 2006 4:44pm CST
During the week, I frequently visit CNN.com for news updates. This morning I saw an article titled, “Missing boy, 5, found dead” (http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/12/05/boy.dead.ap/index.html) about the “abduction” of Geontae Glass and the Amber Alert that was issued prior to the discovery of his body. (It has since been revealed that the abduction was a hoax and Geonate’s mother and her boyfriend have been implicated.) I was shocked to realize that the Amber Alert was issued Monday morning and yet this was the first time I’d heard anything about it even though I was on CNN.com as late as 8:30pm last night and had the news on the television to about 10:00pm. Why hadn’t I heard about this earlier? Would I have heard about it sooner had it been an Amber Alert for a blond haired, blue eyed little girl instead of a little black boy? Does this situation confirm the argument that there is a huge disparity in the media's attention surrounding missing person cases for people of color vs. other missing person cases?
• United States
5 Dec 06
I'm not sure whether or not you would of heard about it earlier based on race, I just think that the Amber Alert System still needs to get itself out there more... You usually only hear about them if they are in your immediate area...it should be on EVERY STATION IMMEDIATELY!!! Maybe they will do that eventually...so sad about the poor little boy...May God be with him.
• United States
6 Dec 06
I know, I feel so badly for that little boy. I wasn't referring to the actual Amber Alert as much as the response to the alert...normally when an alert like that is issued, even if it wasn't issued around the nation the news stations are all over it -- talking to family, showing photos, etc. and pretty soon everyone knows about it. This happened recently when a newborn was kidknapped...soon after it happened, it was all over the news. But with Geontae, it was only on the news after all was said and done.
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