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I think that if more mainstream papers actually try to report on stories that actually connect to people of color, the poor, the working class, those who work in less glamorous jobs, etc., then maybe those papers would actually get people to care enough to purchase an actual newspaper instead of reading it for free on the Internet.

Case in point: I saw this story published on the front page of The Washington Post this morning.

Don't get me wrong, I think what happened to that young woman was horrifying. But The Post goes out of its way to try to paint a sympathetic portrait of the alleged perpetrator of the murder by talking about her upper class background growing up in an average upper middle class American family.

On top of that, the murder happened in an upscale store (Luluemon) that's located in an upscale shopping district (Bethesda) and The Post's story is clearly implying such things as "How can such a horrible murder happen in Bethesda of all places?"

Believe me, if that murder had happened in a Target in Columbia Heights and the alleged murdered had been African-American or Latino, you'd be lucky if you'd see even a paragraph about the murder buried in the back section of The Washington Post's Metro section.


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