Saturday, April 30, 2005
The national media should be ashamed of itself for fueling the Jennifer Wilbanks story. To recap, Ms. Wilbanks was to be married today, but disappeared earlier this week. Because Ms. Wilbanks is a rich, white suburban woman, CNN took this story and ran with it. Was she kidnapped? Was she alive or dead? Who would have done such a thing? (Oh, come on, if this was a poor black woman, do you really think CNN would be carrying the story 24/7?)
She turned up today, safe and sound in New Mexico. What gives? Well, as it turns out, Ms. Wilbanks simply got cold feet and ran. At least that's the public version of the story. Surely there is a backstory. I just don't know what it is.
Update: Ms. Wilbanks committed a few crimes, including lying to police, in this case. I wonder if she'll be charged. Of course, she ought to be.