Papers downplay the race of non-white offenders

Wednesday, May 24th, 2023

A Washington Free Beacon review of hundreds of articles published by major papers over a span of two years finds that papers downplay the race of non-white offenders, mentioning their race much later in articles than they do for white offenders:

These papers are also three to four times more likely to mention an offender’s race at all if he is white, a disparity that grew in the wake of George Floyd’s death in 2020 and the protests that followed.

The Free Beacon collected data on nearly 1,100 articles about homicides from six major papers, all written between 2019 and 2021. Those papers included the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, and Minneapolis’s Star-Tribune — representatives of each paper did not return requests for comment for this article. For each article, we collected the offender’s and victim’s name and race, and noted where in the article the offender’s race was mentioned, if at all.

The data suggest an alarming editorial trend in which major papers routinely omit information from news reports, presenting readers with a skewed picture of who does and doesn’t commit crime. These editorial choices are part and parcel with the “racial reckoning” that swept newsrooms in the wake of Floyd’s murder, which saw journalists dramatically overhauling crime coverage to emphasize the view that the criminal justice system is racist at the root — perhaps at the expense of honesty about individual offenders’ crimes.


  1. Daniel says:

    PONA: person of no appearance. Any crime being reported where the race of the perpetrator isn’t mentioned, it can be assumed that the perpetrator isn’t white.

    The next step will be crimes committed by non-whites just won’t be reported at all.

  2. Bomag says:

    Has been laughably obvious for awhile.

    Papers say they do this in service to thwarting racial stereotyping; linking crime to certain racial groups; etc.

    Has it helped? Things seem to be getting worse on the racial front.

  3. Bomag says:

    Also, media is fake and dishonest about other racial matters.

    They are fake and dishonest about the abilities of women relative to men.

    Fake and dishonest about pathologies of the homosexual community.

    Fake and dishonest about pathologies of the transsexual community.


    A discerning person realizes this, and adjusts. Mathematicians like to point out that one can play a fair game with unfair dice; you just have to know in what way they are unfair, and adjust.

  4. Bob Sykes says:

    The public message of our entertainment companies is that there are only white and black people in the US, and they are more or less in equal numbers.

    Thus a cop show set in LA or San Fran has only black and white cops, even though LA is majority Hispanic (Mexican and Central American) and San Fran is largely Asian.

    Hispanics now outnumber native American blacks, and South and East Asians are a rapidly rising group. None of them has any interest or use for blacks. The Hispanics ethnically cleanse whenever and wherever they can.

    At some point the new immigrants will pretty much displace blacks from all their current perches. Then what happens? Will the blacks revolt against the newcomers in rage? It’s sorta happening right now in Compton, where minority blacks refuse to let majority Hispanics into the power structures.

  5. I.M. Nobody says:

    We don’t have journalists (people who want to report the truth), we have activists (people who want to change the world).

    We don’t have politicians (people who want to rule to help their nation), we have activists (people who want to change the world).

    We don’t have judges (people who want to do justice in case of conflict), we have activists (people who want to change the world).

    We don’t have entertainers (people who want to entertain people so they forget their harsh lives), we have activists (people who want to change the world).

    We don’t have corporate managers (people who want to help their companies to get money), we have activists (people who want to change the world).

    How did we get here? It is easy. The activists took over the university. People of all professions go through the university at the age they are more impressionable to get their degree and be allowed to work. Then they are brainwashed by the activists and converted into an army of zombies that want to change the world to make progressive dogmas come true.

  6. Felix says:

    Bob Sykes: “It’s sorta happening right now in Compton, where minority blacks refuse to let majority Hispanics into the power structures.”

    Local politicians are probably a trailing indicator. E.g. Compton, as it has traveled the White->Black->Hispanic->??? trail.

    Interesting city, Compton. Close and equidistant to two shores. Good air, even back when LA was smogged in. Exceptional freeway connectivity. At heart, a typical middle-American town transplanted to LA and turned bedroom. Horrible brand name, though. And, arguably operated by self-government trainees for too long.

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