12 people were killed in Aurora Colorado last year. All of the victims were white. The murders took place in a middle class community in the midst of the opening of a popular movie. The media loved it.
13 people were killed in Chicago earlier this week. All of the victims were African American and police say the shooting was gang related. That’s just a small portion of the total murders in Chicago. There have been 822 murders since January 2012. Almost all of those victims were African American.
Why doesn’t the media spend more time talking about crime prevention in poor neighborhoods and less time promoting mass shootings and making murderers famous. It’s no wonder that, according to Pew Research Center and Journalism.org, people no longer trust the media.
“This adds up to a news industry that is more undermanned and unprepared to uncover stories, dig deep into emerging ones or to question information put into its hands. And findings from our new public opinion survey released in this report reveal that the public is taking notice. Nearly one-third of the respondents (31%) have deserted a news outlet because it no longer provides the news and information they had grown accustomed to.”