It’s that liberal MSM thing again, the double standard.

Democrats fall over themselves so much with their pandering, selective PC reporting, it’s just amazing, and it goes pretty much unnoticed because it’s well nigh impossible to point out or prove the reason for the absence of something.

But let a black person or a Muslim or a Democratic politician commit a crime–or even be suspected of doing something wrong–and the mainstream news report generally won’t mention their religion, race or party. That’s particularly idiotic in the case of race, because it’s an obvious visual factor that could help solve the crime or find an unapprehended suspect, but most newspapers and local TV reporters are loathe to do it, lest they be accused of the “r” word.” If a Republican politician commits some wrongdoing, then the “R” flashes across the screen a million times, but nearly not so much at all when it’s a “D” or a favored special-interest group.

Which brings us to today’s unprovable but almost assuredly true circumstance:

The Batman movie shooting.

Brian Ross, a reporter for ABC, tried to implicate the Tea Party (and thus all white, conservative Republicans, because that’s what the Tea Party is to liberal Democrats) within a day of the incident:

From the Wall Street Journal:

Here is how Brian Ross, ABC News’s chief investigative correspondent, reported the story this morning on “Good Morning America” with George Stephanopoulos:

Stephanopoulos: I’m going to go to Brian Ross. You’ve been investigating the background of Jim Holmes here. You found something that might be significant.

Ross: There’s a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colo., page on the Colorado Tea party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now, we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes. But it’s Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colo.

Stephanopoulos: OK, we’ll keep looking at that. Brian Ross, thanks very much.

It wasn’t the same person, of course, and ABC offered a tepid, obligatory, non-obvious “apology” a short time later.

Now, let’s turn our attention to a largely unreported, ongoing story: The gang violence in Chicago. It’s out of control. 228 Chicago residents have been murdered in 2012–mostly in gang-related violence–compared to 144 US troops having been killed so far this year in Afghanistan.

Why has the ongoing violence in Chicago in 2012 been so under-reported?

One main reason: Because it’s almost exclusively black-on-black violence and there’s not really any plausible way that the liberal MSM can make this out to be the fault of white Republicans.

A second reason: It’s happening in President Obama’s “hometown,” and it looks bad because it reinforces the “Chicago way” storyline. Rahm Emanual is Chicago’s hapless mayor, and he was, of course, Obama’s first Chief of Staff. The liberal MSM won’t put anyone or anything having any association to Obama in a bad light.

However, the CO movie shooting was “perfect” violence for the liberal MSM: It was perpetrated by a white person, he could be tied to a Republican/conservative group (even if a retraction was later made, that initial accusation had already left its impression on the impressionable), and it didn’t cast either a Democratic special-interest group or a Democratic politician in a bad light.

Bad acts by Democratic-leaning individuals or groups don’t generally get this kind of non-stop news coverage. But this story is “safe” for the liberal media to cover 24/7.

If 9/11 happened today, one wonders how it would be covered and what rationales would be made. If a Republican was President, do you honestly think a citywide murder rate that exceeded US troop deaths would go largely unreported?

As I said, trying to prove the absence of something is nearly impossible. But even a 3rd grader can add 2 + 2.