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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

On the debasing coverage of street crime

I have finally figured it out ... how to express it.

The mainstream media's coverage of street crime debases us. It degrades us. It diminishes us.

Take this LEAD story from CNN:

Watch this video

Ohio kidnapper held 3 women for nearly 10 years

Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years on charges of kidnap, rape and murder, was found dead, hanging from a bedsheet in his Ohio prison cell late Tuesday. FULL STORY

 Not to be outdone, this is also the LEAD story on Fox:

I ask, why is this news?

Who cares? Why should we care?

Of this I am convinced: Our focus on this kind of "news" is dangerous. It is bad for our health.

And it literally kills us.

It is stressful.

More importantly, it distorts our understanding of what crime is. It creates misconceptions of what is harmful and what is not, which allows very powerful people to continue to harm us with literally no consequences.

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