Surge Of Missing Children In Washington DC: Mainstream Media Blackout
People take to Twitter to raise the alarm as MSM ignores problem
Washington D.C. has seen a massive increase in missing children reports recently, yet, unless you're following the Metropolitan Police Department's Twitter feed, or you know a relative of one of the missing children, you wouldn't know anything about it due to a total blackout by the mainstream media.
Over a dozen kids, mainly black and Latina teens aged between 13 and 15 this month alone, with people relying on retweets of Twitter posts to raise the alarm to the public.
Since the Pizzagate scandal broke last year, the mainstream media branded it as "fake news" and has since continued to push this narrative despite the Trump Administration arresting hundreds in connection to pedophile rings operating in the US since cracking down on human trafficking, and reporting on missing children in D.C. clearly conflicts with their cover-up of Pedogate.
Teen Vogue reports: On Sunday night, Twitter user @BlackMarvelGirl tweeted photos and information about eight black teenage girls who've gone missing in the Washington, D.C., area over the past week, receiving more than 35,000 retweets in less than 12 hours.
Additionally, The Root reported that in the past 10 days alone, 10 young people of color have been reported missing in D.C. but haven't received much media attention other than local news outlet mentions and tweets from the Washington, D.C., police department.
Currently missing are:
Yahshaiyah Enoch, 13
Gladys Keitt, 18
Taliyah Thomas, 12
Aniya McNeil, 13
Dayanna White, 15
Talisha Coles, 16
Keon Herder, 19
Antwan Jordan, 15
Navaras Johnson, 14
The city of Washington, D.C., also seems to have a larger problem with missing young people, specifically young women; at one point in January 2017, there were as many as 15 open cases involving missing girls in the area at one time, FOX 5 reported.
Why aren't larger outlets talking about these teenagers as well as this pattern? Yesha Callahan of The Root asks how often cases like this are given the spotlight in comparison with cases featuring young, attractive white women.
This phenomenon, first called "missing white woman syndrome" by PBS reporter Gwen Ifill, occurs when the mainstream media gives more attention and preference to covering the cases of young, white, and attractive women from middle-class or upper-class upbringings rather than people of color or others who don't fit that criteria.
Well-known cases of nearly nonstop coverage include Natalee Holloway, who disappeared on a trip to Aruba in 2005 following her high school graduation, and Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped as a teenager in 2002 before being rescued nine months later.
If you have information on the missing teenagers, call the Washington, D.C., Police Department at (202) 727-9099. You can also check out Black & Missing Foundation, which seeks to offer more visibility for black people reported missing in the U.S.
Critical Missing:13 year old Taylor Innis, last seen 3/10/17 in the 4700 blk 5th St, NW. Seen her? Call 202-727-9099. pic.twitter.com/t210Ad70P0— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) March 11, 2017
Critical Missing:15 year old Jacqueline Lassey, last seen 3/10/17 in the 1200 blk Morse St, NE. Seen her? Call 202-727-9099. pic.twitter.com/8JVp6LaDgR— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) March 11, 2017
Critical Missing: Yahshaiyah Enoch, 13 years old, last seen 3/8/17 in the 5000 blk of Kimi Gray Court, SE. Seen her? Call 202-727-9099. pic.twitter.com/9O7BomREiC— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) March 10, 2017
Critical Missing: Antwan Jordan, 15 years old, last seen 3/4/17 in the 2300 blk of Hartford St, SE. Seen him? Call 202-727-9099. pic.twitter.com/VezxHJeMVT— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) March 10, 2017
Critical Missing:15 year old Juliana Otero, last seen 3/3 in the 3500 blk 11th St, NW. Seen her? Call 202-727-9099. pic.twitter.com/LQ3aStzQYt— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) March 12, 2017