Fox News Ignores High-Profile Police Shooting Of Unarmed Latino

Fox News Ignores High-Profile Police Shooting Of Unarmed Latino

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Despite coverage from many major media outlets, Fox News has not reported on the killing of  Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who died after being shot at 17 times by police officers in Pasco, Washington. The New York Times has dubbed the shooting a "'Ferguson' moment" for Latinos, given the racial dynamics in Pasco, "a city of 68,000 that is 56 percent Hispanic." 

Zambrano-Montes was killed on February 10 after having thrown rocks at passing cars and police. As the Associated Press reported, "Video taken by a witness shows the man running from officers. As the officers draw closer, he stops and faces them. Multiple pops are heard, and he falls, twisting, to the ground as the pops continue."

In contrast to Fox News, MSNBC's Jose Diaz-Balart covered the Pasco shooting on February 20 and February 26, as did CNN host Chris Cuomo on the February 27 edition of New Day.

Huffington Post recently called attention to the continued lack of coverage of police shootings of unarmed Latinos, noting that "Michael Brown and Eric Garner are now household names in the United States. Antonio Zambrano-Montes? Not so much."

Latinos have largely been siloed off from the black community throughout discussions of excessive police force, despite being heavily affected.  While it is true that black people are more likely than whites or Hispanics to experience  the  "threat or use of force" by  police, as Mother Jones reported,  the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) says there were  almost 1,000 "arrest-related" deaths of Hispanics from 2003-2009. And even though the BJS and other agencies keep some records on the topic, there is still a "remarkable lack of knowledge about a seemingly basic fact: how often people are killed by the police," according to FiveThirtyEight.

In addition, Fox News has not covered the death of Rubén García Villalpando, another unarmed Latino fatally shot by police officers in Grapevine, Texas, on February 20.


Media Matters search of Nexis transcripts and internal video archives for "Grapevine," "García Villalpando," "Pasco," "Zambrano-Montes," "Ernesto Javier Canepa Diaz," and "Santa Ana" shows that Fox News has not covered the shooting in Pasco since February 10, the shooting in Grapevine since February 20, or the shooting in Santa Ana since February 27.

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Diversity & Discrimination, Inclusion Matters
Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN
Jose Diaz-Balart
New Day
Hispanic Media Project, English language version
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