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AP Finally Reports Christian/Newsome Murders

A surprising admission from the Associated Press:

Bloggers say media coverage is unequal

Postings claim news outlets refuse to cover case of crime against whites by blacks.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In a powerful demonstration of the way the Internet has opened up the mainstream media to intensive second-guessing, bloggers are charging that news outlets have ignored the rape and murder of a young Knoxville couple because of the racial implications of the story.

The two victims were white; the five defendants are black.

The critics include mainstream conservatives, such as the National Review, and white supremacists. They have drawn comparisons to the Duke lacrosse rape case and wondered why the killings of Channon Christian, a 21-year-old University of Tennessee student, and her 23-year-old boyfriend Christopher Newsom are not getting the same attention from what the bloggers regard sneeringly as the liberal media.

“Oh, that’s right, the victims were WHITE!” several conservative blogs have observed.

Local media in Knoxville have covered developments in the carjacking case since the bodies were found, and The Associated Press transmitted stories nationally.

“The Internet has been basically chastising the mainstream media since the Internet opened up,” said Aly Colon at the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank in St. Petersburg.

Christian and Newsom were last seen Jan. 6. They were carjacked as they were leaving a friend’s apartment. Newsom’s shot and burned body was found the next day along the railroad tracks, and Christian’s corpse was discovered two days later in a trash can at a house rented by one of the defendants. Both had been sexually assaulted. Household cleaner had been poured in her mouth to remove evidence, according to court records.

Some Internet postings have suggested the killings should be treated as a hate crime. But Police Chief Sterling Owen said: “We have no evidence to support the notion that this was a race-based crime. We see this as a cold-blooded murder.” …



Of course the Associated Press only saw fit to run this on a sleepy Saturday morning. But they aren’t trying to cover it up. No way.

Surely, the AP and the rest of our watchdog media have given these gruesome murders exactly the kind of attention they would have if the races of all the parties were reversed.


This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 19th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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