New York Times podcast questions national concerns about crime: Are 'vibes just off?'

Jane Coaston, the host of the podcastThe Argument,” asked WednesdayWhy do people feel unsafe?” when violent crime appeared to rise in both cities and rural areas controlled by both parties.

So there’s not an easy like, ah, if only this one dastardly liberal prosecutor wasn’t there. But it’s like, geen, it’s complicated — but the vibes,” sy het gese.

The New York Times journalists seemed to question whether concerns about rising crime were valid in a recent podcast.

The New York Times journalists seemed to question whether concerns about rising crime were valid in a recent podcast. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo)

The journalist questioned the public sentiment when New York was allegedly safer thana lot of small towns.

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Why do people feel so unsafe? Is it the pandemic? Is it — what’s going on here where things — even if you look at the data and you’re like, ‘I understand that New York is, in baie maniere, safer than a lot of small towns,’ why does it not feel like that?” she asked Times editorial board member Alex Kingsbury.

Kingsbury claimed politicians and gun manufacturersprey on fear” as 'n “incredible motivatorto get what they want from voters.

So politicians prey on fear and use it to get elected to office. Gun makers prey on fear and use it to sell guns. So fear is an incredible motivator for humans to do certain things because to want to protect yourself and your family and your community is a very primal kind of response,” hy het gesê.

Like his colleague, Kingsbury also suggested many people’s fears about violence in certain cities were misplaced, arguing you were more likely to get hurt by driving a car.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 25: Police detain a man at a Times Square subway station following a call to police from riders on April 25, 2022 in die stad New York. According to new data released by the NYPD, felony assaults on the New York City transit system rose more than 50 percent between February and March.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 25: Police detain a man at a Times Square subway station following a call to police from riders on April 25, 2022 in die stad New York. According to new data released by the NYPD, felony assaults on the New York City transit system rose more than 50 percent between February and March. ((Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images))

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But the reality of the lived danger, right — our ability to assess risk as humans is also very bad, reg? One of the most dangerous things you can do in this country is not walk in a bad part of Chicago. It’s to drive a car,” het hy verklaar.

Senior Manhattan Institute fellow and researcher Rafael Mangual said on the podcast that fears were not overblown as crime had risen in 30 cities in America to get close to or surpass 1990s levels.

Kingsbury said he believed the pandemic was “amper 90% verantwoordelik” vir “disruptions to societywhich caused crime, voeg dit by Democrats were not sending a winning message on the issue.

“Kyk, liberals have a real problem with admitting that crime is more powerful than the ‘anecdatathat goes behind a lot of these campaigns, reg? I don’t think that bail reform, byvoorbeeld, is directly a causal reason why crime has increased. But it is the reason that some of these crimes have occurred in the first place. So you can’t sort of pretend that none of this happens or that none of it matters to people. Crime is a really visceral thing, and the way we talk about it really matters,” hy het bygevoeg.

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