July 21, 2008

Must be an adviser for the News Journal

University of Illinois Professor Travis Dixon says that the "If it bleeds, it leads" rule of local newscasts leads to racial stereotyping:

A University of Illinois professor is arguing that such approaches also lead to racial stereotyping. Those who watch more local or network news are more likely to see African Americans as intimidating, violent or poor, says communications Professor Travis Dixon.

Nationally, the Bureau of Justice Statistics say that of known offenders, blacks committed 52 percent of homicides nationally. Chicago crime statistics for 2005, the most recent available, show that African Americans made up 77 percent of those charged with murder.

But Dixon says blacks have been disproportionally represented as criminals in newscasts in Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Um, 77% of those charged with murder, yet news stories about such are ... disproportionally represented?

Seems to me like Dr. Dixon might be an adviser to the News Journal crime report staff!

Posted by Felix at July 21, 2008 01:45 PM | TrackBack

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What he means is that the stations need to cover murders only in proportion to the percentage of the perpetrators in the population -- thus stop covering most murders.

But that would mean giving too little coverage to crimes with black victims -- which would then be said by folks like Dr. Dixon to be racist.

Solution? White folks -- get out there and start committing more murders so the facts mirror De. Dixon's warped reality. But don't go killing any blacks -- that would be racist.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at July 21, 2008 02:51 PM

Succinctly stated, RwR!

Posted by: Hube at July 21, 2008 03:36 PM