Do All Lives Really Matter? Not to the Media, it Seems

Two people are shot and killed in France and it’s labeled a terrorist attack and splashed all over the international news. But wait. That’s a typical weekend event in Chicago (re: 29 shot, 2 fatally, in Chicago’s most violent weekend since October).

What does that say about the way the media portrays crime in America? Is it only worth reporting if police shoot a young black male, or if riots break out afterward? Why is a shooting in France cause for international coverage but a shooting in Chicago is all but ignored. Perhaps it’s our responsibility as consumers. After all, the media pays attention to what it thinks we want to see.

That’s a pretty sad testament to what news outlets cover and why.




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