MSNBC’s Joy Reid Calls Gabby Petito Case ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome’

Joy Reid has dubbed the news coverage of the disappearance of Gabby Petito a case of “missing white woman syndrome” and questioned if people of color involved in similar cases are given the same level of attention by the media.

Petito, the 22-year-old woman who went missing while on a road trip with her boyfriend, has dominated headlines across the world over the past week.

Reid discussed the latest developments in the disappearance on Monday’s ReidOut and said that while Petito’s family deserve answers and justice, missing persons cases don’t reach the same level of national attention when it involves people of color.

“The way this story captivated the nation has many wondering, why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?” Reid said.

“Well, the answer actually has a name: Missing White Woman Syndrome—the term coined by the late and great Gwen Ifill to describe the media and public fascination with missing white women like Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway, while ignoring cases involving people of color.”

Reid referenced the case of geologist Daniel Robinson, a 24-year-old Black man, who went missing earlier this year.

.@GreyBull4WY and @DerricaWilson join #TheReidOut to discuss the disparities in media coverage of missing persons. #reiders pic.twitter.com/DZuz2gNBAN— The ReidOut (@thereidout) September 20, 2021

Robinson was last seen on June 23 driving a Jeep Renegade from his work site near Sun Valley Parkway and Cactus Road.

During a panel discussion, Reid said she had “never heard of it until this friend of mine sent it to me. And I guess, that’s the issue, isn’t it?”

Panelist Derrica Wilson of Black and Missing Foundation agreed, adding: “It is definitely the issue.

“And we have been sounding the alarm for nearly 14 years because of this. When it comes to missing persons of color, men, women and children, our cases are not taken seriously and no one is looking for us if we were to go missing.”

Reid also noted that missing indigenous people do not receive the same level of media attention, and asked panelist Lynette Grey Bull of the Not Our Native Daughters Foundation her thoughts.

“One of the main factors and one of the key factors that a lot of people don’t want to talk about is that it’s racism. It’s systemic racism,” Grey Bull said.

Meanwhile, Fox News reporter, Raymond Arroyo is being criticized for calling the Petito case a “huge distraction” from domestic and international events.

“This is like a Lifetime movie, an ongoing mini-series for America. But I think it’s basically a local story, it’s a missing person. God bless her and this family I hope they get to the bottom of it, but I do worry we’re spending way too much time on this case, like Natalee Holloway,” Arroyo said.

Petito was first reported missing on September 11, more than two months after leaving for a cross-country road trip and 10 days after her boyfriend Brian Laundrie returned home without her.

A major search is now underway for Laundrie, who has been identified as a person of interest, after police discovered what is believed to be Petito’s body on the outskirts of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Scary Clowns Seen Near Schools, Parents Spooked

Parents in Singapore were startled to see social media posts regarding scary clowns staring at their children in different schools.

Police stated that they had received multiple reports of the incident.

However, it was part of a stunt aimed at promoting enrichment and speech classes among students.

“There was no evil intention behind the costumes and we sincerely apologise for it,” the director at Speech Academy Asia Kevin Tan said. “We will not do it again.”

Wong, a mother of nine-year-old Anne, said that she was stuck in traffic and was late to pick up her daughter from school.

The woman said that she came across a series of social media posts that mentioned that people wearing scary clown outfits and makeup were seen moving around schools.

Wong, who had mentioned that her child was nowhere to be seen, was reunited with her daughter inside the school where she was under protection during the chaos.

It was also reported that students were paid money to follow the clowns. However, Tan has refuted the reports.

Wong was left seething with the “foolhardy stunt”.

“This is any parent’s worst fear. What if they turned out to be psychopaths and murderers wanting to harm children?” she said.

She added, “Who in the world would think hiring men dressed up as clowns to confront children would be a good idea?”

A Singapore minister did not find the event to be amusing and it was dangerous.

Mystery Woman Wrapped in a Sheet on Remote Island Called for Help in Perfect English

There is no way the mysterious blue-eyed blonde Jane Doe who speaks perfect English but claims not to know her name could have have made it on her own to the rocky shore of Krk island where she was found last week, say the couple who discovered her.a man and a woman looking at the camera: Croatia Police handout© Provided by The Daily Beast Croatia Police handout

The unnamed couple had first spotted the woman alone on the rocky shore a few hundred meters from where they were fishing at sea on September 12 and thought she, too, had perhaps been fishing. The couple spent the night on their boat and say the next morning the woman was still there and definitely not fishing. “It was already suspicious to us then,” the unnamed man told Croatian news outlet Sata24. “We saw her nervously walking up and down and when she saw us, she started yelling and waving. We approached the shore to see what was going on. She was covered with a white sheet, but it may be that she found a tarpaulin or something and tried to keep warm with it.”

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The man’s wife, who speaks English, explained to the woman that the shore was too rough and that they could not reach her. “The woman could not say anything, she just repeated in English let us help her,” he said. The couple then called the local authorities who sent a rescue crew of 14 people who had to use off road vehicles and hike more than two miles to where she was. “It is an extremely inaccessible part of the bay with terribly sharp rocks, literally razors that cut the rubber on your shoes,” another resident told the news outlet. “There is no life, no animals except wild boars and bears.”a little boy that is standing in the grass: Croatia Police handout © Provided by The Daily Beast Croatia Police handout

After unsuccessfully searching missing persons listings—including cruise ship rosters —and hoping her amnesia would subside, authorities say they are now appealing to the public and combing open source social media postings to try to determine just who she is. Police also circulated her photo in nearby villages and camping areas on the remote island, but no one had ever seen her before. They have also reportedly checked her fingerprints against various databases with no luck. She is, at the moment, completely unknown.

A Croatian police official told The Daily Beast that while her English is perfect with a “Queen’s English” accent, she could be Eastern European based on the clothing brand she was wearing, though they say so far she has not spoken any other language despite numerous prompts to see if she has other language skills. The fishing woman who first found her said instead she sounded Scottish.

She is around 5 foot 4 inches tall and was wearing a pink hat and striped shirt with leggings when she was found, but she had no identification, handbag or cell phone on her.

Police also say they have no idea how she could have survived more than a few days in the area, which is thick with bears and other wildlife searching for food. She was severely dehydrated and emaciated, which implies she had been on her own for at least 48 to 72 hours. She also had bloody scabs from deep scratches on her face, which indicates she might have fallen. But she did not have cuts on her feet, which implies she did not come from the rocky shoreline.

Police say it would have been impossible for a woman of her age and physical stature to swim the distance from a boat to the island. She had to be removed on a stretcher because she was too weak to walk. Surveillance cameras on the only bridge that links the island to the mainland have so far not yielded any clues.

She is being treated at a hospital in the Croatian mainland city of Rijeka.

Original Article: Mystery Woman Wrapped in a Sheet on Remote Island Called for Help in Perfect English (msn.com)

Lindsey Graham told Trump over the summer ‘you f—ed your presidency up,’ book claims. Trump hung up.

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump labored until the end to overturn President Biden’s win, and that included making their case to two Republican senators, Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Mike Lee (Utah), in the days before Congress certified the results Jan. 6, according to Peril, the new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.

Graham and Lee listened carefully to the pitches from Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman, respectively, and even followed up with their own research. And ultimately, the book details, they were not at all impressed. 

Giuliani on Jan. 2 presented Graham with a computer whiz who said his statistical analysis showed Biden losing, Woodward and Costa report. Graham said he needed “some names” and “evidence,” so Giuliani returned two days later with several memos and affidavits claiming fraud. 

Graham sent Giuliani’s memos to his chief Judiciary Committee counsel Lee Holmes, who “found the sloppiness, the overbearing tone of certainty, and the inconsistencies disqualifying” and “reported to Graham that the data in the memos were a concoction, with a bullying tone and eighth grade writing,” the authors write. “Third grade,” Graham reportedly shot back. “I can get an affidavit tomorrow saying the world is flat.”

Two days later, on Jan. 6, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol. After the riot, Graham told Trump from the Senate floor, “Count me out. Enough is enough. I’ve tried to be helpful.” Graham “has since tacked back, visiting Trump at Mar-a-Lago, speaking to him regularly,” and saying the GOP needs him, The Washington Post reports.

“Still, he has continued to deliver criticism directly to Trump, according to the book. In a phone call this summer, he bemoaned Trump’s volatility and focus on voter fraud, telling the former president, ‘You f—ed your presidency up.’ Trump abruptly hung up on him.” A Graham spokesman declined the Post‘s request for comment. 

Lee, who CNN calls “one of the Senate’s top Republican constitutional authorities,” was equally unimpressed with Eastman’s six-point plan for Vice President Mike Pence to hand Trump the election. “Lee’s head was spinning,” the authors write.

“No such procedure existed in the Constitution, any law, or past practice. Eastman had apparently drawn it out of thin air.” Eastman spoke at the Jan. 6 rally before the riot, and a week later, California’s Chapman College announced his immediate retirement as law professor. You can read his Pence memo via CNN.

Billionaire Leon Black accused of raping woman in Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion in 2002

A former model has accused billionaire Leon Black of sexually assaulting her at Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse in 2002, according to court documents.

The woman, only identified as “Jane Doe,” says Epstein arranged for her to give a $300 massage to Black at Epstein’s mansion in 2002, but alleges that the co-founder of the private equity firm Apollo Global Management assaulted her instead, according to court documents filed on Monday first reported by Vanity Fair.

Doe said Black later paid her $5,000 to “help with her credit card debt.”

A spokesperson for Black called the claims “complete fiction” and a “baseless smear campaign” in a statement to Insider.

“This claim is complete fiction and has no basis in fact or law,” the spokesperson said. “It is telling that it is asserted anonymously and concerns events that allegedly occurred some 20 years ago, 15 years after the statute of limitations expired. We expect that the courts will see this frivolous claim for precisely what it is.”

Doe had said in court documents that she didn’t report the rape in 2002 because a friend said no one would believe her.

The woman’s allegations were filed by the law firm Wigdor LLP, as a proposed second amended complaint on behalf its client, Guzel Ganieva, who accused Black of raping her in court filings earlier this year.

Black’s spokesperson accused the law firm of attempting to damage his reputation with the latest accusations:

“The previous complaints the Wigdor firm brought against Mr. Black were shown to be demonstrably false by objective, contemporaneous documentary evidence. Not surprisingly, in that lawsuit, Wigdor has resisted every effort by Mr. Black to take discovery, because Wigdor knows that disclosure of the facts will eviscerate their false claims. Having failed in their first two attempts to destroy Mr. Black’s reputation, Wigdor is now manufacturing new allegations that will be shown to be as false and defamatory as the last two pleadings Wigdor filed.

“It is abundantly clear that the only goal here is to publicly destroy Mr. Black’s personal and professional reputation and to defame him by perpetrating a baseless smear campaign. Mr. Black is confident that those who have abused the court process so egregiously and attacked his reputation so recklessly will be held responsible for their misconduct.”

Christian Reporter Causing Headaches for Jen Psaki

White House press secretary Jennifer Psaki has an odd problem on her hands: a longtime White House correspondent from an Christian website is raising a fuss over no longer being allowed to enter her personal office whenever he wishes. This previously unreported West Wing drama has led the reporter in question to call for an investigation. 

Matthew Anthony Harper, a former chaplain who is the self-appointed White House correspondent for a little-known media outlet called InterMountain Christian News, says his access to administration sources is being restricted. Harper says this started last week, and now claims he is the target of a “harassment” and “intimidation” campaign crafted by White House press assistants. 

“A Secret Service person was giving me a hard time, saying I couldn’t be there,” he told Salon in an interview, referring to Psaki’s office. He said the agent told him “that I didn’t have clearance,” adding that he was “confused about why I’m being banned from this.” That incident, Harper said, occurred last Wednesday, Sept. 15. 

After that incident, Harper said he now has to travel around the White House press area with an “escort,” which he claims no other reporter is compelled to do. Harper does not have a “hard” (i.e., permanent) press pass, and says the White House took this measure as part of a systematic “harassment and intimidation” campaign by the Biden administration over his specific questions about “human rights.” He added, “I know they’re singling me out.”

Harper believes there is only one way to get to the bottom of this convoluted tale: through a broad investigation into alleged White House wrongdoing. He sent what he calls a formal “complaint” by email to Psaki and press office chief of staff Amanda Finney last Thursday, calling for them to investigate their own operation.

“I’ve had unrestricted access without an escort to the Press Secretary’s office for almost 5 years but now after my continuing and challenging Human Rights violation questions, they are giving me this problem,” Harper wrote in an email with the subject line “Christian media complaint.” He reiterated his claim that a Secret Service officer had given him a “hard time” and barred him from Psaki’s office unless he was escorted. 

“It’s sometimes difficult to get appointments with any press secretary,” said longtime White House correspondent Brian Karem, now a columnist for Salon. “You have to do your job and keep working till you get what you need. I cannot fathom that anyone in that press office would just categorically dismiss any reporter.” As for the complaint filed by Harper, Karem said it struck him as “inappropriate.”

Other established White House reporters who spoke with Salon, as well as other sources familiar with the matter, said that Harper was only recently prevented from “floating” around Psaki’s office in the “upper press” area of the White House. That is not customary for reporters without a hard press pass, which Harper does not possess. 

Reporters who have attended countless White House press briefings told Salon that Harper has occasionally appeared at Q&A sessions in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. One, however, said they had legitimately never heard of him, while several others said they had never read any of his reporting. Harper also describes himself as White House correspondent for an Israeli news service called Newsrael, which appears to be a small-scale news aggregation blog, with very few articles under his byline.

Harper has been a West Wing mainstay for years, although there is not much evidence that he is a legitimate news reporter of any description. His most memorable moment in the White House may have come in July 2012, when he asked Jay Carney, then-President Obama’s press secretary, a somewhat bewildering “spiritual question.” 

Harper told Salon, “I was very popular with the media that day. That was an electrifying experience.” 

Other members of the White House press corps said Harper was known for asking oddly specific and seemingly irrelevant questions about Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s former prime minister. 

Harper explains his mission at the White House on his LinkedIn page: “In November 2001, I felt God calling me to establish a Christian News Source for our Treasure Valley Idaho/Oregon area beginning with our online ‘Christian Resources and Events Directory’ which later developed into the Treasure Valley Christian Newspaper and recently into the InterMountain Christian Newspaper covering the states of Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming and now Colorado.”

Harper describes himself as co-founder, publisher and president of the InterMountain Christian News group. Salon’s research could not find evidence of actual reporting or other journalism created by Harper and InterMountain, beyond a large number of amateurish YouTube videos watched by only a handful of people. 

Harper apparently first appeared in the White House’s briefing room in the summer of 2011. In 2019, during Donald Trump’s presidency, he created a minor media moment for his singing in the briefing room.

Mystery solved: Journalists in the White House basement and WH staff in workspaces behind the podium were very confused about who was loudly singinghttps://t.co/XXECX11YnQ— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) December 12, 2019

Last month, Harper got in a question to national security adviser Jake Sullivan. 

In a video Harper posted last week from the White House, he discussed “the plight of the Uighurs in the Chinese internment camps and those in southern Mongolia and Tibet and also Taiwan that are greatly impacted by the aggression of the Chinese Communist Party,” which appears to be the issue he believes has led to his supposed persecution. The video then cuts to Harper inside the briefing room, saying, “I am Dr. Anthony Harper here in the James Brady press room in the White House — so many crucial issues to talk about.” 

Asked whether he merits a White House press pass given his apparently minuscule audience, Harper responded that he’s not at the White House to “win a popularity contest.” He admitted his audience “might not be as large as CNN,” but said it is “important,” and that national news outlets are “promoting” and “playing” his questions lobbed at Biden officials. “One of my questions went viral in Jerusalem,” he said.

“There are a lot of Jewish and Christian people in America,” Harper continued. “They are really speaking against the Muslim Uighurs issue,” Harper added that he has repeatedly asked the White House for comment and has not received a satisfactory answer. “Rare earth elements!” he added, just before the end of the conversation. 

On Monday night, Salon learned that Harper has asked fellow members of the White House press corps to “pray” about his West Wing access problems. He said he plans to apply for a hard White House press pass in October, and hopes not to have “any problems with that.”

A 3-year-old died of an overdose while her caretakers got high. No one called 911 for almost a day.

Three-year-old Logan Starliper was dead for nearly a day before 911 was called. Methamphetamines and buprenorphine, an opioid used to treat drug addiction, were found in the toddler’s system. She died of mixed-drug toxicity on Jan. 5, 2018.

While she lay dead on her bed, her mother’s boyfriend, Brian Bennett, went to buy more meth and conducted several Google searches relating to infant CPR.

“It was horrible, I just panicked,” he said on the stand during his trial in court this week. “I didn’t want to come down from the high.”

Bennett, 32, of Greencastle, and 66-year-old Thomas Keogh, of Connecticut, were on trial this week for a litany of charges related to Logan’s death.

The abuse started well before Jan. 5, 2018, photos presented during the trial showed. In a home where Bennett and Logan’s mother, Brittany Higgins, were shooting up meth, anger at the children for getting in their way often turned physical.

Bennett, who was not the biological father of either Logan or her older brother Landon, also testified that he would physically discipline the children.

“There were times where it was discipline and there were times that maybe I hit them too hard,” Bennett said.

Disturbing photos from the crime scene showed the little girl dressed in Hello Kitty pajamas and surrounded by stuffed animals. Blunt force trauma was noted on Logan’s forehead, as well as red, irritated marks around her mouth and cheeks that expert pathologist Dr. Samuel Land explained were from vomit sitting on her skin for an extended period of time.

But this wasn’t just a case about child abuse. The Starliper case has been a tumultuous one, with nine individuals originally charged for various levels of involvement over the past three and a half years since Logan’s death. 

Seven defendants in the case took plea deals, including Higgins, who pleaded no contest in December 2019 and is currently serving a 10- to 20-year sentence in state prison. Other defendants pleaded guilty to drug delivery resulting in death, felony charges of corrupt organization and conspiracy, among other linked charges.

Over the last two weeks, dozens of witnesses were called and nearly 500 exhibits were presented in court. 

The courtroom was packed to capacity Thursday morning, with many attendants wearing purple. The color was Logan’s favorite.

Ironically, it is also the color that signifies September as National Recovery Month. 

Following days of testimony from experts, law enforcement and others who were charged in relation to this case, defense attorney Michael Palermo called his own client, Bennett, to the stand.

Bennett was candid about his regular drug use at the time of Logan’s death. He referred to himself as a “functioning drug addict.”

Photos of Logan presented during the trial showed signs of abuse, bruising and injuries well before her death.

But Bennett insisted under oath that he tried to treat both children as if they were his own.

In cross-examination, District Attorney Matt Fogal pushed Bennett on certain points, including why he had a video on his phone, later deleted, of Logan lying dead in her bed. 

“I took the video by accident,” Bennett said. 

The call to 911 was made almost 12 hours after Logan was found dead.

Fogal asked Bennett numerous times if he felt he was responsible for Logan’s death. Bennett didn’t provide a direct answer, saying he was unclear of certain details from that day. However, he repeatedly expressed that now he was a changed man.

Discrepancies between the “accidental” video on Bennett’s phone that was taken that morning and crime scene photos show that the clothes on Logan’s body had been changed sometime between 10 a.m. when Bennett discovered the body and after 9 p.m. when emergency personnel arrived.

At the trial, Palermo criticized the prosecution’s decision to offer a no-contest plea to Higgins.

He reminded the jury of a text message Higgins had sent the evening Logan had died, right around her bedtime.

“I’m just going to keep beating her — reminding her what she did because I enjoy beating her now.”

Testimony, phone records, timelines, interview records, an autopsy report and search warrant evidence implicated Bennett.

“Knowingly bringing methamphetamines, an illicit drug, into the home is malicious,” District Attorney Fogal said, pushing for a murder conviction. “The number one responsibility of my daughter and son-in-law is to make sure my grandson doesn’t die. It isn’t that hard. This should have been seen coming a mile away. This was inevitable. This is sick.”

Showing a photo of Logan, smiling at the camera, he pleaded with the jury to remember the child this way.

“Don’t remember the ugly ones,” he said. “If you think about her, remember this one.”

After four hours of deliberations, a jury delivered their verdicts.

Bennett was acquitted of third-degree murder, the most serious charge against him, but was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Logan. 

He was also found guilty of delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of endangering the welfare of children, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was acquitted of drug delivery resulting in death.

Keogh was found guilty on all charges, including drug delivery resulting in death, delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and corrupt organization. 

Bennett’s and Keogh’s sentencing is scheduled to take place Nov. 10, where families and friends will have the opportunity to read victim impact statements.

This article originally appeared on Chambersburg Public Opinion: A 3-year-old died of an overdose while her caretakers got high. No one called 911 for almost a day.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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