WASHINGTON — On Monday, Joy Reid, host of MSNBC’s ReidOut, dismissed the media’s coverage of the ongoing investigation into Gabby Petito’s disappearance as “missing white woman syndrome.”
“No one is looking for us.” With all the coverage on the Gabby Petito case, Joy Reid calls out the media’s obsession with missing white women, and calls it “missing white woman syndrome.” pic.twitter.com/FPbA3bHjNq
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) September 21, 2021
Fox News reports:
“It goes without saying that no family should ever have to endure that kind of pain. And the Petito family certainly deserves answers and justice,” Reid said. “But the way this story has captivated the nation has many wondering, why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?”
“Well, the answer actually has a name: Missing White woman syndrome. The term coined by the late and great Gwen Iffil to describe the media and public fascination with missing White women like Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway, while ignoring cases involving missing people of color,” she added, referencing two well-known cases of missing women.
“Missing white woman syndrome” is a pejorative used on the left that attributes extensive media coverage of disappearances of young white women to the supposed racism of American popular culture.
While overtly racist, Reid’s comments are hardly shocking. In fact, they’re quite the opposite.
Reid’s insinuation that the focus by the mainstream media — the same mainstream media that spent all of last summer elevating baseless claims of systemic racism — on the Petito case stems from underlying racism plays into the idea that disproportionality of any kind must automatically equal injustice.
Disparity inherently equals inequity — therefore, the left surmises, the system must be broken. It’s the driving philosophy behind modern American leftism, and it’s endemic in our discourse.
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