CHICAGO, July 14, 2014 — This weekend in Chicago, 29 more people were shot and four more people are dead. The total body count for just the last seven days: 111 people shot and 18 people killed in city’s recurring violent crime wave.
Mayor Emanuel, admit it. Your plan to reduce the homicide rate in Chicago is a complete and utter failure. Are you listening?
Over the last few days, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been hard-at-work practicing his ballet skills, prancing around the deadly serious issue of Chicago’s murder rate.
But Emanuel’s strictly controlled, i.e., censored press opportunities went awry when a conservative reporter cornered him recently with a series of tough questions on Chicago’s homicide rate and his failure, after three years in office, to stem the tide of violence.
Not that anyone in the Chicago media reported the incident. If you need more proof that journalism is dead, read on.
Watch the reporter interrogate Emanuel with news crews rolling.
The reporter didn’t budge during his tough exchange with Emanuel:
REPORTER: Mr. Mayor, could you please address the murder crisis question that many Chicagoans are asking? Chicago has been called the murder capital, could you please address that question?
MAYOR EMANUEL: (Unintelligible)
REPORTER: It’s a very serious crisis that faces many Chicagoans. I think that it deserves a moment of your time.
MAYOR EMANUEL: I appreciate that. I’ve addressed the question and I will continue to address it. OK?
REPORTER: We’ve heard that you have a lot of experience and a lot of connections but that doesn’t seem to be helping the people of Chicago at all.
MAYOR EMANUEL: Can you do me a favor? Let me do this and we will find a time to address the question with you.
REPORTER: You’ve been in office three years and you haven’t addressed the question yet. Is there anyway you can address the question? Will you answer the question before the election?
Then the Mayor’s security guard steps in and shoved the reporter away on-camera.
REPORTER TO MAYOR’S BODY GUARD: Totally inappropriate!
MAYOR’S BODY GUARD: I’m sorry. I didn’t know.
REPORTER: Now you do.
MAYOR’S AIDE: He’s not taking questions.
Then the Mayor’s security guard stepped in and shoved the reporter away on-camera.
But the Chicago media reported none of this.
The real question is: Why are the Chicago media trying to cover-up for Rahm Emanuel when it comes to the city’s murder crisis. Why aren’t the media holding the Mayor’s feet to the gunfire after three years in office?
Since December 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has crowed about the city’s record low crime rates and the media have dutifully reported the exciting news of Emanuel’s miraculous accomplishment.
At a joint press conference with Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy in January, Emanuel boasted that the city was on track “to have its lowest homicide rate since 1967 and its lowest violent crime rate for nearly as long.” “This is not just 2013 against 2012,” said Emanuel. “This is 2013 against the last 40 years. That is what is significant.”
For months, the mainstream media have followed the Mayor’s “don’t worry, the crime rates are down” storyline.
In fact, just a few days before the Fourth of July holiday weekend, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appeared with Emanuel and proclaimed that this year “safest on record” for students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
“I don’t think that this community, this mayor, the leaders from this community get enough credit for it,” said Holder, who served with Emanuel in President Obama’s Administration.
But over the last week, reality has come crashing — or shooting — in.
Last weekend’s shootings interrupted Emanuel’s talking points on crime as Chicago made bloody national headlines again with a record 82 shootings and 14 deaths over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
There is also glaring evidence that the Emanuel Administration has been cooking the books on Chicago crime rates — including homicide rates — and downgrading them to non-criminal offenses.
This year, the Inspector General’s office released its audited report on Chicago assaults during 2012. According to the report, “the department under-counted aggravated assaults and batteries by more than 24 percent, based on the sample cases reviewed.”
Another stunning media report uncovered 10 murders of people who were “beaten, burned, suffocated, or shot to death in 2013 and whose cases were reclassified as death investigations [by the City of Chicago], downgraded to more minor crimes, or even closed as noncriminal incidents.”
CPS has not released the actual date on student shootings or homicides, so Holder’s July 2 statement also cannot be confirmed.
So why should Chicagoans believe anything Emanuel has to say on the issue of violent crime?
After three years in office, it is time for the Chicago media to hold Mayor Rahm Emanuel to account for his failure on Chicago crime and the out-of-control homicide rates.
The Chicago media’s silence on this issue has been deadly.