On the last Saturday of April, US media outlets had a big story breaking in Baltimore, Maryland.

Protests over the death of yet another African-American at the hands of the police turned violent. But coverage on major news networks - CNN, along with Fox and MSNBC - was scant.

Newsrooms dominated by white people don't have a connection and don't care to have an understanding about the issues and the situation in which poor black people in this country live.

Juan Thompson, The Intercept

The majority of the US networks had their cameras focused on an event in the capital city of Washington - the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, a black tie affair, where journalists and the politicians that they are supposed to cover, were rubbing shoulders and clinking glasses.

Local media in Baltimore were on the story and by the time the national media showed up, they were greeted with the same kind of resentment they faced in Ferguson, Missouri last year.

Complaints that they were more interested in the destruction of property than in the deprivation and disillusionment that fuelled the unrest.

No news organisation wants to be late to a story. Sometimes that happens and there is no one to blame.

But that was not the case last weekend, and a more vivid example of the disconnect between journalism in the US mainstream media and the citizens they are supposed to cover and inform would be difficult to find.

In this report, we do not look at Washington, but the streets of Baltimore, with the help of Tara L. Conley, social media manager at Race Forward; Juan Thompson from The Intercept; Frank Sesno of George Washington University; and Yamiche Alcindor from USA Today.

Source: Al Jazeera