Inspector Sands posted:
Nothing to do with TV news presentation? On the contrary it has everything to do with it. It demonstrates how the media has created a hierarchy of victimhood, with some considered more deserving than others.
It's very true.
Look at Amelie Delegranche, stabbed to death in a random attack in South West London last year. How much coverage did she get compared with Tom Brown who was randomly stabbed to death in North London in a very similar attack? Or the other stabbing on a railway station in North East London in the same week? Just a co-incidence that Amelie was a young student, french and blonde?
The Soham murders were also interesting in this respect. The coverage was almost blanket on some media outlets. Any co-incidence that it was summer and therefore a quiet time for news or that they were young, blonde, middle class and were wearing Manchester Utd shirts?
Timing is an important factor, there was a young child was was abducted and murdered in early September 1997. Normally it would have been all over the news, but it wasn't because of the death of Princess Di
I agree, its a very sad fact that the idea of mother and child carries n
kind of image with it. On the contrary, male teenagers do not and perhaps it is the people's perception that this teenager had caused or was 'asking' for trouble. Apologies if that does not make sense.
Saying this, when victims are left in cold blood, this makes big news no matter who it is. There's the Stephen Lawrence case, a boy whose name escapes me but who was stabbed to death in North London on the stairs of a block of flats, and a schoolboy just last year who was stabbed because he wouldn't hand possessions over.
I think it is the scale of the attack which would determine making news or not- for example, if there was a punch up between an older man and a youth, this may not make big news whereas a 'random' attack on a female probably would, whatever the circumstance.