Through a glass darkly: A comparison of Jasper Newsboy coverage with elite publications during the James Byrd Jr. Murder
Burleson, C., & Moody, M. (2011). Through a glass darkly: A comparison of Jasper Newsboy coverage with elite publications during the James Byrd Jr. Murder. Journal Of The American Studies Association Of Texas, 425.
The article compares local and national news media coverage of the 1998 murder of James Byrd, an African American man, in Jasper, Texas. Particular focus is given to the periodicals the “Jasper Newsboy,” the “New York Times,” the “Los Angeles Times,” and “USA Today”. According to the author, local and national coverage differed dramatically in the early stages of the case but converged as the elite national publications gained a better understanding of the political and cultural context of the murder. It is suggested that elite publications’ preconceived ideas about culture and race relations in East Texas were responsible for the initial differences. Topics discussed include racism, the white supremacist terrorist organization the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), and African American civic leaders. FULL TEXT