The Thinking 

If It Happened Far Away, It Matters

August 21, 2012


IN AN ENTRY on a fairly typical weekend of murder and mayhem in Chicago, a commenter at VFR, Wayne Lutton, writes:

Our classical FM station breaks for NPR “news” at midnight. They regularly mention that “Twelve people were killed in Kabul…. so many were killed in a suicide bombing in Beirut…. people were killed in a town outside of *** in such-and-such country which has been wracked by sectarian violence.” The nameless killings in Chicago are reported in the Tribune in much the same way. But I can’t recall when NPR reported the nightly/weekend killings in Chicago at all, with even the detachment with which they relate the growing casualties in the Middle East.

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