The Times suggested “various pandemic stresses, increased distrust between the police and the public,” 和 “increased firearm carrying,” as possible factors in the increased murder rate. Although there were signs of rising 犯罪 throughout 2020, many news anchors, reporters and media pundits sought to downplay or even dismiss the notion that crime was spiking.
最近, NBC新闻 寻求 to hide the rising crime rate in their report on September 12. 文章, 标题 “‘Overall crime decreased in 2020’ in the U.S., 报告发现,” claimed that “overall crime” actually decreased compared to 2019. Charles Fain Lehman, who works on the Policing and Public Safety Initiative at the Manhattan Institute, told Fox News that their statistics were “misleading at best” by combining various crimes ranging from theft, to assault, to murder under one number.
此外, the NBC report still acknowledged that murder and assaults were rising.
NBC’s cable arm MSNBC also frequently dismissed the crime rate despite reports to the contrary. 在六月, MSNBC的 “The Cross Connection” with Tiffany Cross hosted former Los Angeles police officer Cheryl Dorsey, who suggested that the rising crime statistics were actually being “manipulated” by police departments.
“I don’t necessarily think that there’s an uptick in crime. And I can tell you that I know firsthand, 你懂, statistics can be manipulated,” she claimed.
NBC News legal analyst Neal Katyal agreed the claims of rising crime rates were part of a “silly narrative.”
“Factually, the idea that the Attorney General of the United States is furthering this silly narrative about our cities calling them anarchist is preposterous to me,” Katyal said.
最为显着地, CNN hosts Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon openly mocked the concerns of rising crime rates in 2020.
“’Democratic cities are in chaos right now. Is this what you want from Joe Biden? And they’re gonna take your country away. And they’re taking down the statues,'” Lemon joked.
“’Crime is rising!’” Cuomo mocked.
The dismissal of crime rates even extended to the New York Times originally. 在 2020, the paper responded to Trump’s claims about rising crime in New York claiming that the “reality is more complex.”
“But the truth about crime — in New York and other urban centers — is complex. Overall crime remains at a generational low across the United States, despite the surge this summer in shootings and murders, criminologists say, and the underlying causes of the wave of gun violence are hard to pin down,” the article said.
Despite the spike, the national murder rate is still about one-third below the rate in the early 1990s, 根据《泰晤士报》.