Tv News Ignores Murder Of Black Editor
Several black journalists are expressing dismay over the lack of coverage by the broadcast networks of the killing of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey on Thursday. Richard Prince's Journal-isms blog, which focuses on the work of minority journalists, observed Sunday that none of the network news programs have even mentioned the slaying. Rudolph Brewington, a former Washington D.C. broadcast journalist turned Navy spokesman, told Journal-isms, "It seemed like the major white media as a whole didn't respond to the shooting of a black journalist the way I KNOW they would [have] responded had it been a white journalist murdered (a la Daniel Pearl)." Paul Delaney, a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, commented: "If a white American editor had been gunned down, you bet it would have been a bigger story." Police have arrested a 19-year-old handyman at Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland, who, they say, has confessed to what police are calling the "contract killing" of Bailey. They have also arrested six others connected with the bakery, which Bailey was investigating when he was killed.