Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Wired News on Bloggers and Latoyia Figueroa

Wired News has picked up on the story of how Philly bloggers got the media to pay attention to the plight of Latoyia Figueroa:
The bloggers argue that [Natalee] Holloway and [Laci] Peterson, who are both white and good-looking, are more attractive to national broadcast media than someone like Figueroa, who is African-American and from a less affluent background.
The story mentions how Richard Cranium's open letter to CNN Headline News anchor Nancy Grace, along with the activism of other bloggers, generated national attention:
Through the rallying of local bloggers, the Figueroa case late last week garnered national media attention at CNN, USA Today, Fox News and other news outlets. Like this story, however, the coverage tended to focus on the blogger angle.
Latoyia's still missing and the media are playing the blogger angle. Maybe it's time for another forum on blogger ethics. In the meanwhile, visit the All Spin Zone's Latoyia Figueroa reward fund.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike says:

In furtherance of my previous commments on this "story," this case presents a miserable failure by left-wing, radical bloggers to bully a barely local news story onto the national news scene. As I've said repeatedly, this is not national news by any measure, and thankfully the national news broadcasts have dropped the story after just one or two days. This woman led a selfish, irresponsible, and dangerous life, just as her mother did, and she is now likely suffering for it in the same way. During the one or two days that this was on the news, the Natalee Holloway story did not receive quite as much attention as it usually had, but it is now back in the limelight once again because it is national news that people care about. No one cares about the LaToyia Figueroa case because it has nothing to do with the lives of 88 percent of the American public. Instead, the LaToyia Figueroa case is a clear and vivid reminder to the large majority of American families about how not to raise your children. LaToyia, who didn't have even $35 between her and Baby Fatha No. 2 for the insurance co-pay for prenatal care, turned around and went out with Baby Fatha No. 2 and bought fried seafood platters. This, in spite of claims that she was "hard working." This sort of behavior is more indicative of animals or savages than human beings. Let's get our focus back people, and concentrate our efforts on Natalee and other deserving people and let God's will take over the LaToyia case. The LaToyia case has been a huge embarassment to minorities and society as a whole--let's drop it. It has reinforced every negative stereotype and now has nearly everyone saying: "Stereotypes are the rule--let's not be confused by rare exceptions."

2:06 PM, August 07, 2005  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

There is nothing left-wing or radical about concern for missing women, urban or suburban, white or black.

If a crime has been committed in connection to LaToyia Figueroa's disappearance, there is no reason to imagine that she is not deserving of justice and our concern.

Notwithstanding any assertion that her "behavior is more indicative of animals or savages than human beings," Latoyia Figueroa is a child of God.

9:34 AM, August 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Eloquently stated, but I stand by my post.


12:53 AM, August 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boycott the news stations for 72 hours!!! Let's see what happens!!! The only time we are the focus of news reports is when we are being chased, commited a crime and when were being killed!!! I bet our persence will be felt in the rating!!!In case you are wondering...I AM DEAD SERIOUS!!!!!

11:51 PM, August 18, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This message is in response to Mike...

Mike, I was absolutely disgusted and appalled by your comments regarding the Latoyia Figueroa case. Just so you know... your feelings DO NOT in any shape, form, or fashion, represent the majority of us, whose thoughts and prayers are with the Figueroa family at this time! I'm curious to know who made you an authority on what is or isn't worthy of national news attention???? Also, who made you an authority on what the American public is or isn't concerned about??? You said that no one cares about the Latoyia Figueroa case because it has nothing to do with the lives of 88 percent of the American public???? What the hell are you talking about? Where did you get your statistics? And what does the lives of the American public have to do with anything? I'm a part of the American public, and I don't appreciate you speaking for me! I DO care about Latoyia, I DO value her life, and I DO care about her family who is now mourning the loss of this beautiful young lady! You are a heartless "human being"... for lack of a better word. It almost seems that you have some personal dislike for this young lady. Your comments about her lifestyle, her mother's lifestyle, and her baby's fathers were uncalled for and down right cruel! You compared Latoyia's behavior to that of animals and savages. That comment alone leads me to believe that you are the animal and savage! This woman's past is irrelevant, the only thing that matters is that a human life, a child of GOD, has been taken away - in a way that NO ONE deserves! NO ONE! All of our lives have value Mike, and in the eyes of GOD we are all equal. Don't you ever demean, devalue, or look down on another human being again! How would you feel is this were your relative???? Would her life have value then???? Ask yourself that question!

6:29 PM, August 25, 2005  

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