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National coverage of Bailey killing muted

Richard Prince (pictured) of the Maynard Institute says in his blog that black journalists are troubled by the paucity of coverage of the Chauncey Bailey killing by the national media.

“It seemed like the major white media as a whole didn’t respond to the shooting of a black journalist the way I KNOW they would [have] responded had it been a white journalist murdered (a la Daniel Pearl),” former Washington broadcast journalist Rudolph Brewington told Prince.

“[I]f a white American editor had been gunned down, you bet it would have been a bigger story. There is no excuse other than race, Oakland and Muslims, all intertwined,” said Paul Delaney, a former senior editor at the New York Times and founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Prince said black journalists have noted that Bailey’s killing has received far less coverage than the murder of retired NY Times editor and reporter David E. Rosenbaum or the 1976 car-bomb killing of Don Bolles of the Arizona Republic. Even journalists who were injured in Iraq have received more coverage than Bailey, Prince notes.

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