Two sexual assaults: One gets extensive coverage, the other doesn't
It was kind of striking yesterday: Around the same time, women in two separate neighborhoods were reporting being sexually attacked.
One of the attacks got played up extensively in the media, the other didn't. Naturally, it would be easy to assign bias to the fact that the news copters and vans raced to Wellesley to cover the attack by a bald black guy on a white teenager in her large suburban home, but couldn't seem to find Franklin Park on a map (with some exceptions).
It might just be a symptom of timing and shrunken newsrooms - the Wellesley attack went out on the police radio around 1:15 p.m. and the media was collectively on its way there when the Franklin Park call came in 15 minutes later, in an era when newsrooms just aren't as big as they used to be. Still, it's kind of amazing that the Boston Herald doesn't have a word about the Boston attack, and interesting that, this morning, Channel 5 is reporting on a neighborhood on edge in Wellesley. When can we expect a similar story from Jamaica Plain?