Cleveland is used to bad press. First there was the water: The Cuyahoga River caught on fire in the 1960s and Lake Erie was pronounced “dead.” Then there’s sports: LeBron James flees the city, the Browns fail to win a single Super Bowl and the Indians are the second-worst baseball team on the planet.
Then along comes Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. Theirs should be a happy-ending story to end all happy-ending stories. Held captive in a Cleveland house for some 10 years, they finally escape. Alas, it’s not that simple.
As BBC News Magazine reports, this is yet another instance of the “Missing White Woman Syndrome” where Berry (white) received about twice the coverage of DeJesus (Hispanic). CNN piled on by saying that while missing-children websites regularly feature photos of disappeared African-American and Latino children, “news outlets rarely feature their stories.”