The media bias around various shootings is almost ridiculous. The Media are all over some shootings and death, and completely ignore others. It’s almost as if not all deaths (or lives) are equal. Or maybe they just care more about trashing cops than anything else. Well, cops and the 2nd Amendment.
Horrible. Pictures of one kid in a graduation gown and mortarboard. Of course another guy is just shown in a mugshot, but that is down at the bottom of the story. Young and old we are told about a few of them. And then there’s an embedded spreadsheet. (Insert quote from Animal Farm here.)
All those figures and stories were compiled by the Washington Post.
Then there is the other kind of killing. In which the cops mostly show up after the fact and try (mostly unsuccessfully) to figure out who dun it. HeyJackass! Illustrating Chicago’s Values: October Wrap-up.
October 2017: 55 killed, 228 wounded
October 2016: 82 killed, 348 wounded
October 2015: 31 killed, 203 wounded
October 2014: 39 killed, 215 wounded
There were no police-related homicides in Chicago in October of 2017 – the last full month we have statistics for. 2017 was better than 2016, but then 2016 was the worst year in Chicago in DECADES. At least for murders. (Car jacking is a different story.)
There were 58 killed and 273 wounded in Chicago during September of 2017.
Year-to-date in Chicago, there have been 606 homicides. Of those, 562 have been gun-related. 10 were police shootings. 2674 people have been shot and wounded, which yields 3236 total shootings. Those numbers are sure to go up before year-end (except maybe the police-related shootings.)
Aside from the Chicago papers, HeyJackass! and a few bloggers like Second City Cop, all these statistics fall into an information black hole. The networks aren’t demanding to know how Mayor Rahm Emanuel is going to fix the problem. No delegation from the DoJ is in Chicago mapping out a strategy. No protests. No nothing. Mayor Emanuel says he will put a 1000 more cops on the streets, but that doesn’t address the fact that the prosecutors are not putting the bad guys in jail for very long. They certainly aren’t involving the feds in an Operation Exodus fashion. The gun-toting bad guys are getting a couple of years (if that), instead of the 10 or 15 years of federal time they could be getting. And so the cycle continues.
Mostly it continues in obscurity because the national media is interested in the 57 police-related murders in Pennsylvania over a few years, but apparently couldn’t care less about 606 people killed in Chicago this year. With maybe the exception of the 10 killed by police. Why is that exactly?