Saturday, January 28, 2017

Reporter should read her own newspaper

From the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday:
Inquirer Editorial: Business as usual; another week of deadly shootings in the city
Maybe its City Hall reporter Julia Terruso should read that editorial, because she let her mayor get away with ignoring murder.

From the editorial:
Philadelphia has had yet another bloody week of gun violence. Over the course of seven days, five people were shot dead. So far this year, there have been 27 homicides; that's one a day. It's too early to tell how the year will end, but homicides in the city to this point are up 37 percent, compared with the same period in 2016.
Daily shootings in Philadelphia are not new. In fact, they are routine, which may be the most troubling aspect of all. Gun violence seems to barely register in the city's collective conscience. The police respond as needed. Elected officials say little or nothing. Media coverage of the mayhem rarely rises above brief mentions inside the newspaper or on local TV news. Most of the public marches on, oblivious.
"Media coverage of the mayhem rarely rises above brief mentions inside the newspaper" because its City Hall reporter fails to challenge the mayor.

From City Hall reporter Julia Terruso:
A few hours after President Trump falsely told a gathering of Congressional Republicans that Philadelphia's murder rate has been "terribly increasing," Mayor Kenney called the president a purveyor of "fake facts."
"It's fake facts. He has a the propensity to do it," Kenney said. "He doesn't care about the truth and I really do feel badly though that the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department who dedicate themselves everyday to driving down our crime rate, and laying their lives on the line are standing out on the sidewalk, on the street protecting him and all the other dignitaries ... and he denigrates them."
Kenney said he's not happy with any crime level but Philadelphia's is at a 40-year-low. He said the federal government could play a role in driving the crime rate down further.
She posted that without mentioning the rise in murder. She let Mayor Kenney get away with Fake News.

The press is not just guilty of liberal bias, but sloth as well.

MJJA: Make Journalism Journalism Again.

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10 comments:

  1. In addition to the shoddy journalism, the mayor twice mentions crime rate while the article quotes President Trump mentioning murder rate.

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    1. Exactly. That is the crux of this bruha. Really there may be no fake news here but clever emphasis by all parties. In this instance: 1)murder rates have gone up
      2)crime rates may have gone down
      What needs to be stated is what is the definition of a crime. Murders are onlyone type of crime, there are many other types: robberies, extortions,etc. So it is entirely possible that "crime" rates have decreased.
      We conservatives have to be careful and pick more concrete examples of "fake" news to attack.

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    2. Otto is my middle name! But I have to disagree with you on this, brother. CCW has changed the game in terms of non-lethal crimes. The bad guys know the good guys may be packing. Ergo, reduction in petty/nonviolent crime. But when a person is hellbent on killing somebody...way different scenario. The data sets need to be separated at this point.

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  2. Mayor Kenney is a Democrat, so he gets a Free Pass. - Elric

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  3. The #black olives matter crew will be all over this...when George Soros is in jail

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  4. Maybe there is a paywall between the editoral and news sections of her paper, you know, to preserve objectivity. One of my investment friends now reads the Economist magazine backwards because objective data is in the back but the rest of the writing is mostly Communist opinion, especially the editorials which are in the front, this the same Brit mag that said if US citizens got slaughtered by terrorists because waterboarding was not used to prevent it "So be it".
    A kind of class of journalism interpreters or screeners is emerging who read everything but then print only what ever objective data can be found for Their own readers. Like Don they are becoming powerful arbiters of what ever truth there is out there. I guess as TPD said before looking at original sources and bypassing the historians is the best, but in the case of our modern liar journalists I confess I can't stand to read them. Better Don should suffer for the greater good. Then we can reward him by buying his excellent books or hitting the blog for some relief.

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  5. "I really do feel badly though that the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department who dedicate themselves everyday to driving down our crime rate, and laying their lives on the line are standing out on the sidewalk, on the street protecting him and all the other dignitaries ... and he denigrates them."

    That's all empty virtue signaling by a Democrat who is trying to out-Trump Trump in showing respect and support for the police. The difference is that Trump means it and the mayor is just crassly using the police as political pawns. Pay no attention to what the man says. Judge him by his actions.

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  6. Too bad Democrat cities are such cesspools of violence.

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  7. "MJJA: Make Journalism Journalism Again."

    Won't happen until you have editors who will tell their journalists "NCTTFO: Now Cut That The F*** Out!"

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