New York City, NY – During her show “The ReidOut,” MSNBC host Joy Reid complained that media coverage of the disappearance of 22-year-old Gabby Petito was a clear case of “Missing White Woman Syndrome”
MSNBC's Joy Reid dismisses focus on Gabby Petito case as 'missing White woman syndrome'https://t.co/YbvOqhuQhT
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 21, 2021
Reid said that black women do not get the media attention that white women receive and said that the extensive coverage surrounded Petito’s disappearance was influenced by race.
Petito, a 22-year-old white travel blogger, went missing earlier this month while on a cross country road trip in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Western Wyoming with her fiancé Brian Laundrie.
Authorities announced that human remains have been found near where she was hiking at the time of her disappearance.
MISSING WHITE WOMAN SYNDROME': Don Lemon, Joy Reid criticize Gabby Petito story over race https://t.co/9W5jk4YQ9w
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) September 21, 2021
An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday on the body found in Wyoming that authorities say resembles the description of Gabby Petito, as investigators continue to search for her fiancé, who has now disappeared nearly three weeks after returning from a cross-country van trip without her.
The coroner is expected to identify the remains as those of Petito, and a cause of death has yet to be determined.
Truly a sad, darkened soul. https://t.co/xLHsSSHYec
— Monica On Air (@monicaonairtalk) September 21, 2021
On the September 20th episode of “The ReidOut,” Reid pointed to the way Petito’s story has “captivated the nation” and asked why missing people of color do not get “the same media attention”:
“The way this story captivated the nation has many wondering, why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?
“The answer actually has a name: Missing White Woman Syndrome, the term coined by the late and great Gwen Ifill 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.”
— Sha (@quip1) September 21, 2021
Reid mentioned the missing persons case of Daniel Robinson, a 24-year-old black geologist who disappeared after a car crash in Arizona this June.
Robinson’s father hired a private investigator to help find his son, organized search parties and launched a website, but the story was not highlighted by media until this past week.
Reid interviewed Derrica Wilson of the Black and Missing Foundation, who said:
“We have been sounding the alarm for nearly 14 years because… when it comes to missing persons of color — men, women and children, our cases are not taken seriously and no one is looking for us if we were to go missing.”
“No one is looking for us.” With all the coverage on the Gabby Petito case, Joy Reid calls out the media’s obsession with missing white women, and calls it “missing white woman syndrome”. pic.twitter.com/FPbA3bHjNq
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) September 21, 2021
Another guest on the show insisted that coverage of Petito was a racist act. Lynette Grey Bull of Not Our Native Daughters Foundation said indigenous women are also discriminated against by the news media:
“One of the main factors and one of the key factors that a lot of people don’t want to talk about is that it’s racism. It’s systemic racism.
“We’re still fighting oppression in our tribal communities. We are still facing inequality across the board, whether it comes to our community, housing, (or) jobs.”
Reid tried to qualify her criticism of the coverage of Petitio’s disappearance by expressing sympathy for her family:
“It goes without saying that no family should ever endure that type of pain. The Petito family certainly deserves answers and justice.”
“The way this story has captivated the nation, has many wondering, why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?" asked Joy Reid about the Gabby Petito case. https://t.co/pVH97dnLky
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) September 21, 2021
Reid said that non-white women were being overlooked by the media because of being labeled as runaways or crime associates. She also said that minority women are often overlooked because they are often from poor, crime-ridden communities.
The host took a shot at her own industry by claiming one reason black women are not covered when they are victims of crime is because the do not look like the daughters or granddaughter of the newsroom executives.
MSNBC has extensively covered the Petito story since she was reported missing on September 11, more than two months after leaving for a cross-country road trip with Laundrie.
Laundrie has been named a person of interest in the case by police after returning home without Petito and waiting ten days before reporting her missing.
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Big tech giant launches business assistance program that openly discriminates against white males
September 15, 2021
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MENLO PARK, CA- Facebook apparently loves business owners. That is, unless you’re a straight white male. In that case, Zuckerberg and crew think you can go screw.
This week, Facebook announced a new initiative whereby the tech tyrant would purchase some $100 million worth of unpaid invoices from small businesses. The only caveat is that the businesses must be owned either by women or minorities. Facebook said they can support around 30,000 small businesses through the program, Breitbart reported.
Of course, since Facebook is involved, there has to be an angle for them to make money on the deal. And of course, there is. More on that in a minute.
CNBC reported the tech giant reported this week the pledge of $100 million to the program where they would purchase unpaid invoices from small businesses, but only those owned and operated by women and minorities. The program, called the Facebook Invoice Fast Track program will get the money to businesses quickly, since many have to wait a period of time, sometimes weeks or even months to receive payment from their customers.
Facebook is attempting to repair relationships and long-term loyalty among small (non-white male owned) businesses, many of whom use Facebook to place ads specifically targeted to demographics identified by the companies. In other words, Facebook apparently doesn’t want white male-owned businesses to use their platform. Clearly, such businesses should just take their business elsewhere.
How the program works is that a (non-white male-owned) business can submit outstanding invoices that total a minimum of $1,000, and submit them to Facebook, which will then decide if the business qualifies. If so, the (non-white male owned) business will be paid by Facebook within a matter of days.
After Facebook accepts responsibility for the invoice, the customers pay the social media company under the same terms they had agreed to with the small (non-white male owned) business initially, therefore collecting any interest and fees that would normally go to the business. With 30,000 small businesses looking to participate, this is possibly a windfall for Facebook, lest you think they are doing this out of the goodness of their heart.
Facebook of course can absorb outstanding balances more easily than (non-white male owned) small businesses, since they generated nearly $86 billion in revenue last year.
Last year, Facebook conducted a smaller version of this program as a pilot, after they learned how much small (non-white male owned) businesses were struggling during the pandemic and related draconian shutdown policies. According to Facebook, the only businesses that apparently were unaffected by the pandemic are white male owned businesses.
“We just heard firsthand the financial hardships that these suppliers were facing, and it was created really quickly and brought up as an idea and pitched to our CFO to say, ‘Hey, would we be able to help our suppliers with this?’” said Rich Rao, Facebook vice president of small business.
“It was a very small pilot, but we did see that be very successful.”
After seeing the success, Facebook decided to expand the program, but not for white male-owned businesses. Rao estimates the program will support approximately 30,000 non-white male-owned businesses.
According to the program’s outline, U.S. businesses owned by women and minorities and are members of supplier organizations that serve “underrepresented” groups are eligible to apply for the program.
This includes the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (aren’t they missing a few letters?), the National Veteran’s Business Development Council, Disability: IN, and the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce.
Facebook is also looking to possibly add more partner (non-white male) organizations for the program, a spokesman told CNBC.
One business owner who went through the pilot program is a woman named Lisa Dunnigan, co-founder of The Wright Stuff Chics, a company that sells merchandise for teachers.
Last year, the pandemic forced her to cancel the company’s in-person events. In their place, she announced a virtual version of their conference this past July. Teachers were able to register for the conference in early 2021, however Dunnigan told CNBC that the purchase orders take “a very long time” to be paid. Dunnigan submitted invoices to Facebook, whereby they sent her over $10,000 in a matter of days.
“This program has been a lifesaver for our company,” she told CNBC.
Dunnigan has used the program again and had Facebook paid off the outstanding invoices numerous times.
Rao said it was stories such as Dunnigan’s that inspired Facebook to expand the program…just not to white male-owned businesses.
“We were just overwhelmed by the stories that came back,” he said.
The program for non-white male owned business will open up on Oct. 1 after the program officially expands, Facebook said.
Just remember…straight, white males need not apply. In some quarters, that is called discrimination.
So our advice to straight white male business owners? Take your advertising dollars elsewhere.
Facebook doesn’t just discriminate against straight white males. They also discriminate against police officers. For more on that, we invite you to read about their refusal of an ad for a police-related charity.
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FLORIDA – A nonprofit organization based out of South Florida was recently unable to promote an advertisement on Facebook for an upcoming fundraiser that is meant to benefit children in underserved areas of the community, as well as the families of law enforcement officers who passed away in the line of duty.
According to Facebook at the time of the ad takedown, the nonprofit behind the post that was unable to be promoted or notified that the ad was rejected because it “mentions politicians or is about sensitive social issues”.
Facebook later claimed that their removal of the ad was in error, saying that their “enforcement is never perfect since machines and human reviewers make mistakes”.
Facebook rejected a Florida police charity's ad for a fundraiser meant to benefit children, citing 'sensitive social issues' and political messaging. Now social media giant tells me taking down the ad was an error. @police_rodeo https://t.co/27b7oPzfti
— Danielle Wallace (@danimwallace) August 4, 2021
On July 14th, Facebook rejected an ad for the Southeast Police Motorcycle Rodeo Committee’s promotion of an upcoming raffle of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, which the nonprofit organization was relying heavily on online raffle ticket sales due to the pandemic.
Officer Chris Swinson, president of the Southeast Police Motorcycle Rodeo Committee, says that when he filed an appeal for the ad take down on July 20th, Facebook sent the following message regarding why the ad was removed:
“Your ad may have been rejected because it mentions politicians or is about sensitive social issues that could influence public opinion, how people vote and may impact the outcome of an election or pending legislation.”
Officer Swinson stated that there was nothing remotely political about the advertisement, highlighting that the ad was simply meant to promote a charity fundraiser:
“Our personal opinions on politics are not shared through the charity whatsoever. We’re not here to alienate someone, we don’t care about their political views. Me raising money to buy computers and equipment and washers and dryers for the Boys & Girls Club has no emphasis on politics or elections.”
Proceeds of this charity raffle are intended to benefit Concerns for Police Survivors, also known as C.O.P.S., as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County.
Officer Swinson added that just because Southeast Police Motorcycle Rodeo Committee is law enforcement-themed, their backing and desire to promote a charity event shouldn’t be construed as political:
“Just because law enforcement backs a charity, political views should be put aside because all they’re doing is hurting the kids who are involved. These kids are coming there after school so they’re not roaming the streets.”
Candice Ciccarelli, marketing coordinator for the Southeast Police Motorcycle Rodeo, suspects the ad being flagged by Facebook is part of a broader effort by the social media platform where they’re “targeting all police material, even children’s charities.”
Following up on the matter, a Facebook spokesperson informed Fox News via a written statement that the ad was erroneously removed from the platform:
“This ad was incorrectly flagged as political and taken down for running without a disclaimer, so we have reversed that decision. Our enforcement is never perfect since machines and human reviewers make mistakes, but we’re always working to improve.”
Tickets for the raffle are priced at $1 each, with the winner of the raffle being announced at an in-person event being held in September.
Officer Swinson says that the work they do at the Southeast Police Motorcycle Rodeo Committee is meant to “humanize the badge” and allow community members to see local law enforcement for who they really are:
“We’re trying to humanize the badge here. As motorcycle officers, we have the image of not being the friendliest guys. So the reason why this was adopted, was to bridge the gap with the community.”
“I want them to see a motorcycle officer not for the guy that’s walking up in tight pants and boots behind you. I want you to see that guy interacting with his family and his friends, hugging his kid and competing to raise money for children’s charities.”
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