Maybe you've wondered why some dead women get more media play than others.
Maybe the media just loves dead white women who die in sordid sexual circumstances,
slain by jealous lovers or sex-crazed foreigners. After all, the mainstream
media motto is "If it bleeds it leads," meaning the lead story will
always be bloody mayhem--earthquakes, airplane crashes, suicide bombings or
best of all, sex-related slayings involving beautiful white women.
The other night "Frontline"
analyzed the O.J. Simpson verdict. A few of the folks interviewed said the
reason the case was so sensational wasn't about justice but about a dead white
woman allegedly slain by a famous
black athlete, O.J. Simpson. A couple of black women said that if the victim
hadn't been a beautiful, white, photogenic blonde (and her Jewish lover), allegedly
killed by a jealous black athlete, nobody would've given a damn.
True. The same thing happened more recently when a pretty
white woman, Natalee Holloway, was abducted and killed on the island of
Aruba a few months ago. The mainstream media played the enthusiastic part of
Columbo for what seemed like months. FOX TV newswoman Rita Cosby went to Aruba
to sniff out more details. Nothing like sex and a dead white woman to keep the
mainstream media panting like a dog. But quite a few folks thought the Natalee
Holloway media circus seemed
way out of proportion to the crime.
Gabriella Alvaeado-Carrera. Have you ever heard of her?" wrote blogger
GBD. "Reyna is a 13 year-old Hispanic girl who is believed to have been
abducted by a stranger in Norcross, Georgia. She was abducted just a few weeks
before Holloway. A Google search on her name yields a grand total of 6 results
. . . 'Natalee Holloway' turns up 276,000 results." (now 645,000)
The same media circus over a dead white woman occurred recently with the murder
of beautiful Taylor Behl. Another gruesome murder and the mainstream media on
the scent like a rabid dog. Sex and abduction and murder. All the news stations
carried footage from the crime scene. Over and over again. Beautiful White Woman
Murdered In SEX-Related Slaying.
Simpson, Holloway and Behl. And before that the shocking, sensational, sex-related
murder of a beautiful, white American woman (and her baby) by her husband in
California. Seems Scott Peterson was having an illicit sexual affair. Like the
other cases, the US media had a field day with
the Laci Peterson investigation. Some people even called it the "Case
of the Century," and the investigation went on for months.
Surprisingly, one beautiful, white, American woman murdered by a madman went
mostly unreported by our watchdog mainstream media. Why? Not because she wasn't
as beautiful and full of life as Taylor Behl. Not because she wasn't as blonde
and attractive as Natalee Holloway (indeed, she resembled Holloway). Not because
she wasn't murdered in a foreign land, like Holloway. Then why didn't the mainstream
media jump all over the story like a pack of crazed jackals?
Maybe because Rachel Corrie got killed--crushed
to death--by an Israeli soldier representing the power of the state. The death
of Corrie was an embarrassment to the cozy relationship of the US and Israel
governments and thus the complicit mainstream media mostly ignored it. With
a war with Iraq coming, more sensational news stories captivated the media.
Unlike Simpson, Holloway and Behl, Corrie was murdered by one state and ignored
by another. Instead of scandalous sex, Corrie got killed for defending some
poor Palestinian's humble home. What should have been a major story represented
an embarrassment to two governments. The complicit US media, obediently kept
on a short leash to Israel's interests, dutifully ignored the story. Not surprisingly,
the Israeli soldier who drove the bulldozer was found innocent.
I suppose, in the grand scheme of things, the only dead white women who matter
to the American mainstream media are the beautiful, lively, white girls killed
in "tragic" sex-related slayings who resemble the attractive women
reading the news. Even a beautiful white activist like Rachel Corrie, who foolishly
got herself crushed protecting some poor person's shack, doesn't matter to FOX
or MSNBC because she was indelicately involved in protecting rights that embarrassed
two governments rather than killed by a jealous lover. Instead of dying in some
sex-related slaying, Corrie died protecting some invisible person, a Palestinian,
a person no more important than a dead dog in the street.
So if you're a white woman and you get killed or murdered--God forbid--better
hope sex is involved. Otherwise you're a nobody and you might as well be black