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Knoxville killings front page news in Chicago.

Knoxville murdersThis is a major victory for conservative websites, such as, which have been exposing crimes ignored by the mainstream press. The Chicago Tribune ran a front page analysis of the brutal racially motivated rape/torture killings of a white couple in Knoxville, TN.

The Chicago Tribune actually admits that most crimes involving a black and white, have a black perpetrator and white victim.

But on the other hand, when overall cross-racial violent crimes are tabulated—including incidents not formally classified as racially motivated hate crimes—Justice Department statistics show that blacks attack whites far more often than whites attack blacks.

In 2005, there were more than 645,000 victims of cross-racial violent crimes between blacks and whites in the U.S. In 90 percent of those crimes, black offenders attacked white victims.

The Chicago Tribune also makes a serious attempt to address the issue of how major media outlets ignore or downplay black crime.

Official hate crime or not, to most conservative critics what the Knoxville case illustrates is the general reluctance of the mainstream media to report black-on-white crimes. As examples, many cite a 1999 incident in North Charleston, S.C., in which seven black youths attacked two white bicyclists riding through their neighborhood, leaving one permanently disabled; a 2000 mass-murder case in Wichita, Kan., in which two black brothers kidnapped and killed four white victims; and an attack last year in Long Beach, Calif., in which 11 black teenagers attacked and severely beat three young white women.

Only the Long Beach case was charged by local authorities as a hate crime, and none of the stories drew sustained national attention.

“You’ve seen a lot of people with impeccable credentials making the point that the press does play up white-on-black crime and play down black-on-white crime,” said Glenn Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor who publishes political and media commentaries on his widely read Instapundit blog. “I think it’s a fair criticism. And it just empowers the crazies when the mainstream media soft-pedals this stuff.”

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