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Black man who shot Ferguson policemen was a Ferguson protester

2015-03-17T22:30:03+00:00

Interesting how the Associated Press’ reports of the suspect accused of shooting two policemen in Ferguson Missouri happened to omit the fact that he is black. In fact, most of the coverage I have seen does not mention it in text at all. If there is a picture of Williams, you can tell he is black. But the media reports do not state it in the text.

Also interesting is the fact that The New York Times omitted the fact that the suspect, Jeffrey Williams, had taken part in protests in Ferguson. When NYT was confronted with news reports last year which showed Williams’ involvement in the protests, they inserted that detail. But only after they were called on the omission.

Sometimes the most prominent facts in a news story are never mentioned at all.

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