Media bias

From BoingBoing

Black people loot, white people find?. Xeni Jardin:


Flickr user dustin3000 uploads two similar news photos that show flood victims in New Orleans wading in chest-deep water. In each, a person appears to be dragging a bag or box or two of food or beverages.

The images were shot by different photographers, and captioned by different photo wire services. The Associated Press caption accompanying the image with a black person says he’s just finished “looting” a grocery store. The AFP/Getty Images caption describes the white couple “finding” bread and soda from a grocery store. No stores are open to sell these goods.

Perhaps there’s more factual substantiation behind each copywriter’s choice of words than we know, but the difference in tone suggests bias.

Link to comparison, and here are the originals: one, two. (Thanks, Howard) [Boing Boing]

A report on WWL TV in New Orleans said police were generally ignoring looting because they said most of it was hungry people looking for food.