Are network news media working hard – very, very hard – to prevent the public from understanding how much carnage is taking place in Chicago?
Tell you what: please read these excerpts from Katie Yoder’s article at newsbusters.org, then make up your mind:
Over the long weekend, 69 citizens were shot across Chicago. At the same time, a gorilla named Harambe was shot after a toddler fell into the animal’s enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. ABC, CBS and NBC spent 54 times more on the death of one gorilla than they did on the shootings (and, in some cases, death) of human beings in Chicago.
Since the death of Harambe the gorilla on Saturday, the three networks have dedicated a total of 55 minutes and 7 seconds to the story during their morning and evening news shows.
In contrast, ABC and CBS offered just 1 minute, 1 second to the Chicago shootings. NBC couldn’t spare even one second.
I grant you that the story of “Handsome Harambe” (the gorilla’s full name) and the child is a lot more intriguing from a human interest angle.
But almost a full hour of coverage for this story, versus a virtual burial of what happened in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend (burial being more than a descriptive word, since 7 of the shooting victims have died so far)?
Could it just possibly be that ABC, NBC and CBS perceive viewers would become skeptical of stricter and stricter gun control laws as a deterrent to street shootings if they realized this was happening in Chicago – a city with, arguably, the strictist gun control laws of any major city in the country?
Is that why they bury this kind of news?
We can’t know for sure. But it certainly looks that way.
If so, shame on them for their lack of journalistic ethics….and a thank-you to them for showing us, again, why we should be so untrusting of what they do tell us.