A California news anchor with an adopted Black daughter was suspended after telling his bosses he wanted to discuss "missing white woman syndrome" at the end of his news segment.
Frank Somerville, 63, was suspended from Oakland-based KTVU after he told station executives he wanted to discuss the disparities between missing Black and missing white women who receive more news coverage.
Somerville is the adoptive father of a Black teenage daughter whom he often posts on social media.
He was reportedly suspended a day after he got into a shouting match with News Director Amber Eikel about Gabby Petito news coverage, according to the Mercury News.
The three-time Emmy winner had planned to piggyback off of the remarks made by MSNBC most Joy Reid who said the news media eagerly covers stories about missing white women like Petito, the 22-year-old Youtuber whose body was found in a Wyoming park on Sept. 19.
Reid said news outlets often ignore missing Black women because they do not look like the daughters and granddaughters of newsroom executives.
Petito was laid to rest in a televised funeral on Sunday. A massive manhunt is underway for her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, who is considered the prime suspect in her murder.
The term "missing white woman syndrome" was coined by late journalist Gwen Ifill, who became the first Black woman to host a nationally televised U.S. public affairs program.
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MSNBC host Joy Reid dismissed the news media's intense focus on 22-year-old Gabby Petito as "missing White woman syndrome."
The "Van Life" vlogger was last seen in late August in Grand Teton National Park with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, 23, who is considered a "person of interest" in her disappearance.
Laundrie returned to his parents' Florida home alone in Petito's van on Sept. 1.
Petito's mother reported her missing on Sept. 11, but Laundrie refused to speak to investigators, and his whereabouts are unknown.
Officials discovered a body "consistent with" Petito inside Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming on Sunday, Sept. 19.
During a segment of her show "The ReidOut," the outspoken liberal host discussed the media's coverage of the missing vlogger, and asked "Why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?"
Reid dismissed the focus on Petito's case as the news media placing more emphasis on finding blonde, blue-eyed women who go missing.
"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. 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."
Reid was referring to two high-profile cases of blonde women who went missing.
Reid cited statistics from the Black and Missing Foundation that showed more Black women go missing every year than whites -- but they are often classified as runaways.
She concluded her segment by stating that reporters don't cover missing Black women because they don't look like the daughters or granddaughters of news executives.
Nicki Minaj dissed MSNBC host Joy Reid after the Democrat TV host criticized her for saying she was skipping the Met Gala because she's unvaccinated.
Nicki, 39, recently sparked anger when she refused to get vaccinated after catching Covid-19 while shooting a video for Sunday's MTV VMAs.
The mother of one said she was concerned about spreading Covid to her infant son if she got vaccinated. People who are vaccinated can still contract and spread Covid-19.
"They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won't for the Met," she tweeted.
"It'll be once I feel I've done enough research. I'm working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one".
Among the many responses to Nicki's tweets was Joy Reid, the 52-year-old host of "The ReidOut." She slammed Nicki for spreading "misinformation" to her 22 million followers.
She was outraged that Nicki promoted vaccine hesitancy in the Black community. More than 70% of Black people are unvaccinated due to fears of past medical abuse by the government.
Nicki responded by tweeting a link to Joy Reid's video with the caption:
"The two white men sittin there nodding their heads cuz this uncle tomiana doing the work chile. How sad."
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