Media Matters, a non-profit organization that monitors and analyzes the media, cable news networks have spent less than 10 minutes — total — covering Wilson’s tragic murder since it occurred. The revelation came after the group monitored CNN, Fox News and MSNBC since July 22. “Despite the powerful public response to Wilson’s death, and significant coverage by newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, cable news networks spent less than eight minutes covering her murder,” Media Matters writes.Fox News spent just two minutes covering Wilson’s murder, but they primarily focused on the alleged killer, failing to show the teen’s picture or even say her name. Over on CNN, Wilson’s death was mentioned several times, however, “only in short reports totaling about 2 and a half minutes,” Media Matters notes. MSNBC spent the most time covering Wilson’s murder. Still, her story was relegated to one segment on Rev. Al Sharpton’s PoliticsNation, which also discussed the uptick in racialized violence against Black folks in America. Still, “the specific discussion of Wilson took only about 3 minutes.” The silence from the mainstream media around Wilson’s death is a painful reminder that when it comes to amplifying our stories, Black media and Black writers still matter. ESSENCE has covered Wilson’s murder from the beginning, and has written about the need to continually tell our stories time and time again. While the national news media may have failed to cover Wilson’s death, on Friday, mourners gathered in East Oakland to say her name and remember her memory. California Congresswoman Maxine Waters sent a letter to the family, which was read at Wilson’s funeral.
Courtesy Of Nia Wilson’s Family