Dixon, T.L., & Linz, D. (2000). Race and the misrepresentation of victimization on local television news. Communication Research, 27 (5), 547-573.

Abstract: Analyzed the content of a random sample of TV news aired in Los Angeles and Orange Counties to assess representations of Whites, Blacks, and Latinos as crime victims. Intergroup comparisons (Black vs White and Latino vs White) revealed that Whites are more likely than African Americans and Latinos to be portrayed as victims of crime on TV news. Interrole comparisons (perpetrator vs victim) revealed that Blacks and Latinos are more likely to be portrayed as lawbreakers than as crime victims, whereas the reverse is true of Whites. Interreality comparisons (TV news vs crime reports) revealed that Whites are overrepresented, Latinos are underrepresented, and Blacks are neither overrepresented nor underrepresented as homicide victims on TV news compared to crime reports. Conversely, African Americans are overrepresented, Latinos are underrepresented, and Caucasians are neither overrepresented nor underrepresented as perpetrators on TV news. Whites appear to be overrepresented as victims, whereas Blacks are relegated to roles as perpetrators and Latinos are largely absent on TV news. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)