Soledad O’Brien says there’s a reason it’s so hard for a lot of missing persons cases to make national headlines … she says the woman has to be pretty, and she better be white.
The seasoned TV reporter joined us on “TMZ Live” and we asked her why the mainstream media tends to cover cases like Gabby Petito and Natalee Holloway while ignoring stories involving minorities.
Soledad is a bit of an expert on the subject, and not just because of her experience in cable news …
The way Soledad explains it … the Petito case, which grabbed the headlines early on in the docuseries, is a prime example of what many call “missing white woman syndrome.”
Soledad says the media tends to run missing person stories involving pretty white women because that’s what they think will resonate with the public… and she cites countless examples.
It’s not just the missing people either … Soledad tells us how she learned that the first-hand media would pay a lot of attention to victims of other crimes, provided they have 2 specific qualities.
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