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Missing In Action Essay

865 words - 4 pages

When Natalee Holloway went missing her face was plastered on every television screen to promote her being found. Some people wonder why white females make national news more often than any other female or male for that matter. In the argumentative essay “Not Only Natalee is Missing” Anne-Marie O’Connor tries to explain how and why people make national news. O’Connor’s essay starts out based on the idea that white females are the only ones that make national news, but her use of pathos, ethos, and logos, prove this idea to be based upon economic status and race rather than gender alone.
The author uses pathos to appeal to the audience’s sense of open-mindedness about women who make national news. O’Connor tries to get the reader to realize how being human can cause people to overlook certain stories and make them seem unimportant. In her essay she states, “We don’t pay as much attention to someone missing from a community we don’t know or are not familiar with” (661). This quotation symbolizes how sometimes people can be overlooked in today’s news. The issue about who makes national news can appeal to more than just a sense of open-mindedness, it can also appeal to your sense of sympathy. When news reporters get their stories, no one is for sure how long the story can stay lingering amongst people. Earl Hutchinson, a political analyst, states, “When you raise the issue people say, “This is a tragedy and we should do more,” Hutchinson said. “But it only lasts a hot minute. It doesn’t leave a lasting imprint in the newsroom” (qtd. in O’Connor 660). Every story is different and while it may not leave an imprint if it made national news it could get solved not long after it leaves the newsroom.
Some think that making national news has to do with race but more often than not it has to do with economic status, which creates ethos. Economic status isn’t just having money; it is also having a well-rounded education and it can include race. O’Connor reports some interviews that she did with others to get their opinion on why white females make national news more often than any other. Blair reports, “I think race is a factor as well as economic status” (659). Some say news reporters are racists and sexist because of only choosing white females, but that may be the only ones who can afford to be on national news like Natalee Holloway. This does not exclude...

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