Headline RoundupJanuary 8th, 2022

Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers Sentenced to Life in Prison

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A judge sentenced three Georgia men to life in prison on Friday for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery

Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley denied the possibility of parole for two of the men — Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael. The third man, William Bryan, will be eligible for parole after 30 years in prison. The men were found guilty of murder in late November, roughly six weeks before Friday’s sentencing hearing.

Coverage was widespread across the spectrum on Friday. As with other stories about race, coverage varied widely on how they discussed race. While most outlets capitalized black and not white, the Washington Post (Lean Left) and Fox News (Right) capitalized both; BBC News (Center) capitalized neither. Additionally, NPR (Center) included “white men” in its headline, and the New York Post (Lean Right) said the men were “white” but did not directly mention Arbery’s race.

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