The Toronto media has fallen into a state of CNN-like missing-pretty-white-girl dodginess. While I certainly hope Alicia Ross is soon found safe, I find it disgusting that missing white women (especially young, pretty ones) get ’round-the-clock coverage on American cable news (see Laci Peterson, Natalee Holloway or whatserface the runaway bride) while non-white women hardly warrant a mention (see Tamika Huston or Latoya Figueroa). Seeing local media fall into the same pattern is upsetting.
If you doubt this at all, doing a google news search for Alicia Ross will produce 224 hits (at the time of writing). Searching for Aziz Fatima Nizam Ahman who’s been missing for six days gets you 1 hit.
Missing? Check. Female? Check. Young? Check. Pretty? Check. White? Sorry. Hence, 224 to 1.