May 01 1994

Crime Contradictions

U.S. News Illustrates Flaws in Crime Coverage

“A scary orgy of violent crime is fueling another public call to action.” That’s how U.S. News & World Report opened its Jan. 17 cover story on “Violence in America.” It also encapsulates the tone of much of the overheated and overhyped reporting on crime over the past year. Despite the impression one would get from news coverage, the incidence of crime has not risen dramatically in the past year. The most reliable research suggests, in fact, that there is no more violent crime today than there was 20 years ago. What there is more of–much more–is crime coverage. According […]