Fact Check

Were 11 People Killed, Dozens More Wounded Over One Weekend in Chicago?

News, like food, is best consumed at the time it is prepared.

Published Aug 13, 2019

In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 photo, two women cry outside the Stroger Hospital in Chicago, after they were asked to leave due to overwhelming crowds of family and friends of shooting victims. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson plans to discuss the weekend violence during a Monday news conference. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP)
Claim:
A recent weekend of violence in Chicago left 11 people dead and dozens more wounded but attracted relatively little press coverage.

In mid-August 2019, in the wake of back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 31 people dead over a single weekend, some social media users began highlighting a seemingly recent Associated Press news report about a single weekend of violence in Chicago that left 11 people dead and several dozen more wounded. Why was this event not receiving much broader and more prominent news coverage, those social media users asked?

In fact, the story did garner substantial news coverage, as evidenced by the fact that it was reported on by the Associated Press (a national news agency) and other national news publications such as USA Today.

The reason that story seemingly wasn't receiving much news coverage in mid-August 2019 was because it described events that had taken place more than a year earlier, over the first weekend of August in 2018. While the topic might nonetheless remain an apt subject for discussion well afterwards, news outlets do not typically re-report events from the past unless substantial new activity related to them has occurred.

Sources

Madhani, Aamer.   "At Least 72 Shot, 13 Killed in Chicago Over Violent Summer Weekend, Police Department Says."     USA Today.   6 August 2019.

Tarm, Michael.   "11 Dead, Nearly 70 Wounded in Weekend Violence in Chicago."     Associated Press.   6 August 2019.

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