Has truth about the motivations of some media been revealed in how it is handling LaToyia Figueroa’s disappearence? Read Ol Cranky and Attytood on Carlson – you decide. For most of my readers, this won’t shock you. For others, it will leave you raging mad.
CARLSON: All right, but we start with the tale of two missing women tonight, the first, of course, Natalee Holloway, missing in Aruba since May 30.
Authorities today drained a pond near the Marriott Hotel on the island, so far, apparently, to no avail.
The missing woman is 24-year-old Latoyia Figueroa. Sheâ€™s pregnant and the mother of one. She disappeared nine days ago in Philadelphia. The search for Latoyia intensified after a man named Richard Blair began blogging about her because of her race and her background.
And his point was the obvious one. And it is that black women from city centers, from urban areas who disappear get none of the coverage that like Natalee Holloway get, who are obviously from a different demographic. And, you know, itâ€™s impossible to deny the truth of this.
The point, I guess, I would make is, I think we may be overstating the effect of media attention on these cases. You can think of missing women cases, Chandra Levy, Natalee Holloway, for that matter, that didnâ€™t make all the difference. These women have not been found. They made all the difference for us in the press. We got great ratings.
CARLSON: But it didnâ€™t solve the crime.
CRAMER: I think we got to focus on this ratings issue for a second, because I donâ€™t think peopleâ€”we allâ€”we all understand this because weâ€™re in the business. I didnâ€™t get.
If you can get a huge number of people watching a particular story, it gives you the license to do a lot of other stories. Now, some people abuse the license by going to Aruba every single night, as far as Iâ€™m concerned. But I have toâ€”Iâ€”Iâ€”I love programing that gets watched.
CARLSON: Yes. I do, too.
CRAMER: So, Iâ€™m not going to damn this kind of story.
CARLSON: Iâ€™m not either.
MADDOW: No. And the media makes decisions based on what is going to sell advertising. And so, what is going to…
CRAMER: Itâ€™s commercialism.
CRAMER: Isnâ€™t that why we have CBS and that thing, that radio air network that youâ€™re on?
MADDOW: That thing that Iâ€™m on? Yes, I can never remember…
CRAMER: Itâ€™s only on Sirius Satellite. Thatâ€™s the problem, right?
MADDOW: No, weâ€™re not on Sirius.
CRAMER: Oh. Oh, OK.
CRAMER: I was close, close.
MADDOW: If you must know, 1190 in New York, if you need to know.
CARLSON: Good luck.
MADDOW: Thank you. But, listen, but, see, you canâ€™t blame…
CRAMER: You worked that in.
MADDOW: You canâ€™t blame the media in the sense of what they decide to cover. But you have to admit that it doesâ€”I think it does drive the police coverage and I think it does drive the resources. We wouldnâ€™t be draining that pond in Aruba…
CARLSON: Yes. No, youâ€™re right.
MADDOW: … if Natalee Holloway wasnâ€™t such a big story.
CARLSON: Youâ€™re right. However…
CRAMER: Thatâ€™s breaking news. Did you say just they drained the pond in Aruba?
CRAMER: Thatâ€™s breaking news.
CARLSON: You obviouslyâ€”you obviously donâ€™t watch cable, because, Jim, that was breaking news last night.
CRAMER: No, you can slug breaking news whenever you want andâ€”itâ€™s also first on MSNBC.
CARLSON: Thatâ€™s right.
MADDOW: … team coverage right now.
CARLSON: I do think our viewers should know…
CRAMER: SWAT team coverage. Excuse me.
CARLSON: People who donâ€™tâ€”people who donâ€™t work in the press who look at this and immediately draw the conclusion that people who work in the press are racist ought to know thereâ€™s another dynamic involved here. And it is this. Things that are unusual or perceived to be unusual are the ones that are considered news.
Itâ€™s like planes that land safely arenâ€™t news. When someone, not just a black person or a Hispanic person, but someone who lives in a tough neighborhood, is injured in a crime, the feeling, right or notâ€”or wrongâ€”and itâ€™s probably wrongâ€”is, this is a more common occurrence than if it were to happen in a suburban area.
MADDOW: But itâ€™s the perâ€”again, itâ€™s the perception. Weâ€™ve got a woman who has been missing for nine days. Sheâ€™s pregnant. Sheâ€™s a young mother. It has all the components of the other stories that get covered. But because of the race, because sheâ€™s from West Philly, itâ€™s not getting covered.
MADDOW: So, people are trying to drive…
MADDOW: … the media…
CARLSON: But the truth is, we are covering it. It was on our air today. And itâ€™s on our air…
MADDOW: Because of an enterprising blogger.
CRAWFORD: Where would you rather vacation, Aruba or West Philly?
MADDOW: West Philly has…
CRAMER: Forty-second and Baltimore is nothing like Aruba.