Accuracy in Media

Chicago, a city with strict gun control laws, suffered a violent weekend, yet the mainstream media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and others offered no blanket coverage similar to when a lone shooter in other cities sparks Democratic calls for gun control.

 “TOTAL SILENCE: 9 Murdered, 18 Shot in ‘Gun Free’ Chicago Over the Weekend,” Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted.


The national media has offered enormous amounts of coverage for Black Lives Matter protests about police shootings of civilians, yet the national media mentioned nothing about this weekend’s violence in Chicago — where the majority of the victims of homicide are young, black men — civilians shot by other civilians.

“In 2015, Yale University completed a study on Chicago shootings,” reported conservative commentator Gianno Caldwell. “It showed for every 100,000 people, an average of one white person, 28 Hispanics, and 113 blacks became victims of shootings every year in Chicago.”

The national media’s deafening silence about Chicago’s murders continues a multi-year pattern.

“No major American city has come close to Chicago’s soaring murder total in the past few years,” Pew Research reported. “The Windy City recorded nearly 1,900 homicides between 2015 and 2017, a period during which the next-closest city, Baltimore, registered around 1,000 … it has led the U.S. in murder totals each year since 2012. Since 1985, only two other cities have held this distinction: New York and Los Angeles, which are also the only two American cities with larger populations than Chicago’s.

“Chicago’s annual murder total reached its highest level in two decades in 2016 (765 murders), but New York, Los Angeles and several other big cities have enjoyed long-term declines. No decrease has been more dramatic than New York’s: The 292 murders that took place in the Big Apple in 2017 were down from a peak of 2,245 in 1990. In fact, New York’s murder rate – 3.4 homicides per 100,000 people – is now below the national average.”

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