How many nine-year-old Antonio’s need to die in Chicago before the national media will park its satellite trucks in front of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s City Hall and demand answers and action.
How many black people, including black children, need to die in Chicago before the national media stops counting civilian casualties in Gaza as a political weapon against Israel and starts counting them in one of our own cities.
Overnight in Chicago 10 people were shot. One night. One. How many more until the national media cares enough to look into the root causes of the violence, poverty, despair, terrible schools, and broken families.
There are no question marks after the above questions because those are rhetorical questions.
There is no political upside for the media to do good in Chicago, so they won’t.
There is no number of murdered children that makes the risks of focusing on the root causes of this violence worth it for the media. You could pile dead Chicago kids like cordwood in front of CNN’s national headquarters; the staffers wouldn’t even notice.
Good heavens, CNN actually did go to Chicago. This is what happened.
The national media will go to Ferguson, Missouri, and scream about white versus black before the facts are known. They will do that all day long. Because there’s a political upside. Racial division gets the midterm vote out and ensures the truth of how far we’ve come as a nation is never told. Racial healing and moving on might collapse the Jenga Tower that is the Democrat base.
Our national media is meticulously and cynically counting dead civilians in Gaza but ignoring them in Chicago.
Do two acts of bigotry equal progressivism?
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