This morning Channel 7 WABC here in Chicago broke into the regular scheduled programming of ‘The View’, to report that there had been a shooting in a Downtown Chicago office building.
Linda Yu, whom I personally admire and have a great deal of respect for, went on the air around 10:30 a.m. and stayed on giving copious details of the incident until almost noon
Under normal circumstances, I would have been impressed with the reporting. But these shootings in Chicago are anything but normal.
I was absolutely furious that Channel 7 WABC chose to spend an entire hour focusing on the shooting of two white people when the deaths of eighty or more black people garnered less than fifteen minutes of air time (if that) before the anchors moved on to report on the weather and traffic.
There were two other things I noticed about the Special Report this morning, besides its length.
The first one was something that is always asked when reporting about Black shooting victims, and it is this question, “Do we know if either one of the shooting victims is a member of a gang?” OR, “Police say that the victim was or was not a member of a street gang.”
Funny, how Channel 7 ABC News automatically assumed that the two White victims had no gang ties. It never came up. And I waited for the question.
The second was how quickly, Channel 7 ABC News was able to get all of the important information about the shooter. Within that hour long broadcast Channel 7 was able to provide the public with the shooter’s name, where he worked, home address, whether or not he was married and why he’d chosen to express his anger using a gun.
I couldn’t help but wonder if Channel 7 had given that much coverage to some of the Black shootings, perhaps there would have been more arrests.
Chicago is falling all over its self trying to figure out how to stop the violence in our neighborhoods. One way is to stop letting Media trivialize Black shooting victims.
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