Anyone in the Pacific Northwest is most likely quite familiar with this story by now. I live in Portland, and it has been all over the news since Friday.
The first thing I want to make clear is that this is horrible, and I sincerely hope the kid is found, and returned home safe and sound.
The thing I don’t quite get is why such a huge deal is being made out of this story. It’s been taking up at least half of the local news broadcasts. Yesterday I turned on NWCN - a cable news station serving the entire PNW area - for a few minutes while I ate my lunch, and they were carrying a live press conference about this kid.
Kids go missing all the time, and unfortunately nary a peep is heard about most of them in the media. But the way the local stations are carrying on about this kid, you’d think it was one of the president’s daughters that’s missing.
So why is this kid getting the spotlight? Are his parents rich and powerful?
Again, I don’t mean to come across as callous about this. I’m genuinely curious as to why this kid deserves so much media attention over others.