Study: TV news showing minority crimes is roadblock to progress on racial equality

Study: TV news showing minority crimes is roadblock to progress on racial equality

A new study of TV news broadcasts found that Muslims and immigrants are overrepresented in reports as terrorists and as Latinos. African-Americans, on the other hand, are underrepresented in news reports as perpetrators of crime and as crime victims, according to a recent study by University of Illinois professor Travis Dixon.

Among Dixon’s findings were that 81 percent of terrorists in news reports were labeled as Muslim, compared to the 6 percent that are identified as such in FBI reports, reported Illinois radio station WUIS. An overwhelming 97 percent of immigrants in the country illegally and accused of crimes were labeled Latino. However, figures kept by the Department of Homeland Security indicate that just 60 percent of undocumented immigrants are Latino.

African-Americans were 48 percent of victims in national crime reports, compared to 22 percent of victims in news accounts; and they were 39 percent of perpetrators arrested between 2008 and 2012, compared to 19 percent of offenders in TV news, according to Dixon’s study. Those findings contradict similar analysis, and even some of Dixon’s, WUIS reported.

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