New Show Spotlights Missing Minorities

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

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." (Read more missing person stories.)

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