The tendency of the news media to focus strongly on kidnap, rape or murder victims that are young, attractive
, female and white while ignoring any similar victim that does not meet all four criteria. A notable example is the media focus on Jessica
Lynch when her black squadmate Shoshana Johnson
received no attention
whatsoever. Nancy Grace
is a prime perpetrator of the bias.
"Diagnosing 'Missing white woman syndrome'": Blog entry by CNN Correspondent Tom Forman on March 14, 2006.