Inquirer Editorial: Business as usual; another week of deadly shootings in the cityMaybe 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.
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