New Show Spotlights Missing Minorities
Victims often overlooked in national media
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2012 2:42 PM CST
Actress S. Epatha Merkerson poses for a portrait in New York. She hosts the new show 'Find Our Missing.'   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File)

(Newser) – A new show on the cable network TV One debuts tonight with the goal of correcting an oft-stated criticism of the national media: Missing people tend to get more coverage if they're white. Find Our Missing, hosted by Law & Order veteran S. Epatha Merkerson, will feature two cases per hour of minorities, writes Allison Samuels at the Daily Beast.

At the Washington Post, Hank Stuever says the "handsomely produced" series isn't concerned with "media criticism" or the reasons behind the disparity in coverage. It just wants to find people, and it asks viewers to come forward with information a la America's Most Wanted. "The series keeps its outrage just out of view; its foremost concern is for the missing, as well as their friends and relatives."

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Jan 18, 2012 8:58 PM CST
No one cares!!Not even their families... Most are just whores!
Jan 18, 2012 7:40 PM CST
About time. I hope someday they have a show about unattractive people who are missing as well. There are disparities in coverage everywhere. Race is one glaring one--but youth and beauty will get more coverage I imagine, even on this show.
Jan 18, 2012 5:58 PM CST
So S. Epatha Merkinson condemns the media for focusing more-so on missing whites whilst she cares about non-whites ONLY. Seems like she is a bigger racist piglet than those she condemns.