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Local News Outlets Failure to Cover Missing Child Case is Heartless

Earlier tonight I posted about the local news stations failing to cover the story of a missing 12 year old local girl. Honestly, I’m still pissed off and can’t let this go. I feel that it’s completely irresponsible of them to ignore something that is so important, something that they could easily do and cause such a profound effect.

Now, as a parent, I would like to think that if my child went missing, the local news stations I’ve watched and supported for years might be willing to pick up on that and let the community know. Considering they’ve done this in the past to help find missing children, it only makes sense that they would use their massive reach to help get the word out to as many people as possible.

Based on today, I don’t think that is true anymore. WFMY News 2, WGHP Fox 8, WXII News 12, and the Greensboro News and Record have completely ignored this story. I have not seen a single tweet, Facebook post, or mention on their websites of Abigail Caitlin Cox, the missing 12 year old girl from Liberty, North Carolina. Her father has been posting on their Facebook pages, as have others who are concerned. They have said nothing.

A local newspaper, The Courier Tribune, has been covering this story all day. They’ve posted updates of information that they have received from the Randolph County Sheriff’s department, as well as information about Abigail and the situation from her mother’s Facebook page. Because of them, we have also learned that she may not be alone. There is another missing girl, Ivy Shelar. She is 14.

As far as I can tell, The Courier Tribune is the only news outlet covering this and trying to help find these girls.

More Important than missing children

To avoid posting even a simple tweet about two missing 12 and 14 year old’s who live in your target audience area, there must surely be something earth shattering going on. The local news stations, full of employees who have children, must be covering the most important news stories to ever hit us. I decided to look at some of their twitter pages to see what was new.

WFMY (News 2, CBS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Tweeted again because it’s that important)

WGHP (Fox 8, Fox)

 

 

 

(That story is about something that happened in colonial times)

 

 

WXII (News 12, NBC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Announcing two upcoming tweets)

 

(Those last two are the two they announced)

(Advertising themselves)

News and Record (Newspaper with website)

 

(Apparently the DMV operating times are so important that every news station must cover it)

 

 

We also have a 24 hour news station here called News 14. Despite being 24 hours, not a single one of their only 9 tweets from the last 14 hours was about either missing girl. Your station boasts about being the only 24 hour news network in North Carolina, yet you can’t fit in one fucking tweet about two missing 12 and 14 year old girls?!

Running the Social Numbers

As I mentioned before, The Courier Tribune is a local newspaper that covers mostly local news. They are small, operating out of the same city I live in. Their building is about the size of a Walmart. They do not have the same audience reach that these news stations I mentioned above have. Despite this, they are the only ones who have mentioned Abigail Caitlin Cox and Ivy Shelar. I’ve search the websites of the other news outlets. I’ve read through their tweets and Facebook posts. The only mentions of this situation are by concerned readers who have taken it upon themselves to mention their lack of support for these girls.

I decided to run the social numbers to see where these news outlets rank. Based on the numbers, it’s even more shameful for the bigger news outlets to ignore this.

WFMY News 2

63,832 Facebook Followers (based on likes)
11,143 Twitter Followers

WGHP Fox 8

130,891 Facebook Followers (based on likes)
12,871 Twitter Followers

WXII News 12

19,231 Facebook Followers (based on likes)
11,516 Twitter Followers

News and Record

6,754 Facebook Followers (based on likes)
7,549 Twitter Followers

The Courier Tribune

2,725 Facebook Followers (based on likes)
488 Twitter Followers

This is beyond sad. Right now, there are two missing 12 and 14 year old girls out there and WGHP, WFMY, WXII, and the News & Record are not using their immense reach and power to even try to help. This is disgusting behavior  They haven’t just dropped the ball, they spiked the thing into the dirt and stomped on it. I am sure that if one of their employees had a child go missing, they would be all over the story.

I understand that news outlets can’t cover everything, but based on the tweets they’ve posted, they’ll cover anything. Not a single one of those I posted is more important than trying to find a missing child, yet they’ve put them at a higher priority. I don’t give a shit that some asshole was arrested for driving his moped in the wrong direction. If someone wants to know what time the DMV is open, let them call the fucking DMV! Announcing that there is a carry on fee being added for some airline passengers is not a bigger story than missing children! That shit is not important!

Network news is a joke. They’ve destroyed themselves many times over with their need to sensationalize, falsify, and manipulate stories. Local news has typically been more about the community it’s a part of. It lets you know what’s going on and makes itself a part of that community. In this case, they have completely failed and because of that, I’ve lost faith in these news sources I supported for so many years.

I’m sure that if something happens to either of these girls, they’ll be right there to find out who is to blame and look at everyone but themselves. Remember, you assholes aren’t trying to help find them and you’ve got the power to let thousands of people know. Instead, you’re talking about people parking in handicapped spaces and posting pictures of ducks for people to caption (WFMY Facebook). You dickheads have no sense of how priorities should work.

I hope everything turns out good. I really do. I hope that both of these girls are found safe and that this whole thing can be put to rest. I hope that if someone kidnapped them, they get punched in the face with a claw hammer before being taken to jail. I hope that maybe the news outlets I’ve criticized in this post will pull their heads out of their asses and start paying attention to what’s going on around them. Missing children take priority over almost everything, and I haven’t seen a single thing on any of their Twitter and Facebook posts in the last 14 hours that rank above a missing child.

Hopefully I’ll read tomorrow that they were both found safe, and are back home. As a parent, that’s something that I can’t help but think because I know that’s what I would want if it was my child. I would also want the support of the local news stations in finding her, but I can see that it’s something I likely wouldn’t receive.

The Information Again

Abigail Caitlin Cox is 12 years old, 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs approximately 120 pounds. Wearing jeans, black and gray sweatshirt with Batman logo, black sneakers. Went missing from her house sometime during the night. Discovered missing at 6:30 am.
Abigail Caitlin Cox is 12 years old, 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs approximately 120 pounds. Wearing jeans, black and gray sweatshirt with Batman logo, black sneakers. Went missing from her house sometime during the night. Discovered missing at 6:30 am.

 

Ivy Shelar is13, 5 foot 3 inches tall, and weighs approximately 150 lbs. She has short dark brown hair. She was last seen in burgundy pants and green or black jacket, and has 2 rings on fingers on each hand.
Ivy Shelar is 14, 5 foot 3 inches tall, and weighs approximately 150 lbs. She has short dark brown hair. She was last seen in burgundy pants and green or black jacket, and has 2 rings on fingers on each hand.

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