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Surge Of Missing Children In Washington DC: Mainstream Media Blackout

People take to Twitter to raise the alarm as MSM ignores problem

By: Jay Greenberg  |@NeonNettle
 on 20th March 2017 @ 8.19pm
over a dozen children have been reported missing in march alone © press
Over a dozen children have been reported missing in March alone

Washington D.C. has seen a massive increase in missing children reports recently, yet, unless you're following the Metropolitan Police Department's Twitter feed, or you know a relative of one of the missing children, you wouldn't know anything about it due to a total blackout by the mainstream media.

Over a dozen kids, mainly black and Latina teens aged between 13 and 15 this month alone, with people relying on retweets of Twitter posts to raise the alarm to the public.

Since the Pizzagate scandal broke last year, the mainstream media branded it as "fake news" and has since continued to push this narrative despite the Trump Administration arresting hundreds in connection to pedophile rings operating in the US since cracking down on human trafficking, and reporting on missing children in D.C. clearly conflicts with their cover-up of Pedogate.

Teen Vogue reports: On Sunday night, Twitter user @BlackMarvelGirl tweeted photos and information about eight black teenage girls who've gone missing in the Washington, D.C., area over the past week, receiving more than 35,000 retweets in less than 12 hours.

Additionally, The Root reported that in the past 10 days alone, 10 young people of color have been reported missing in D.C. but haven't received much media attention other than local news outlet mentions and tweets from the Washington, D.C., police department

Currently missing are: 

Juliana Otero,15

Jacqueline Lassey, 15

Yahshaiyah Enoch, 13

Dashann Trikia Wallace, 15

Gladys Keitt, 18

Taliyah Thomas, 12

Aniya McNeil, 13

Dayanna White, 15

Talisha Coles, 16

Morgan Richardson, 15

Keon Herder, 19

Antwan Jordan, 15

Navaras Johnson, 14

The city of Washington, D.C., also seems to have a larger problem with missing young people, specifically young women; at one point in January 2017, there were as many as 15 open cases involving missing girls in the area at one time, FOX 5 reported.

Why aren't larger outlets talking about these teenagers as well as this pattern? Yesha Callahan of The Root asks how often cases like this are given the spotlight in comparison with cases featuring young, attractive white women.

This phenomenon, first called "missing white woman syndrome" by PBS reporter Gwen Ifill, occurs when the mainstream media gives more attention and preference to covering the cases of young, white, and attractive women from middle-class or upper-class upbringings rather than people of color or others who don't fit that criteria.

Well-known cases of nearly nonstop coverage include Natalee Holloway, who disappeared on a trip to Aruba in 2005 following her high school graduation, and Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped as a teenager in 2002 before being rescued nine months later.

If you have information on the missing teenagers, call the Washington, D.C., Police Department at (202) 727-9099. You can also check out Black & Missing Foundation, which seeks to offer more visibility for black people reported missing in the U.S.

 

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