America Under Fire — The NY Times Misleads Readers

Despite a 50% Drop in Officer Deaths,

The New York Times tells its readers,

Even as Violent Crime Falls, Killing of Officers Rises

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 Just this weekend we told you how the number of police deaths in America were down 50%. We noted that when officer deaths were up just over 20% this time last year, Attorney General Eric Holder, and nearly every media outlet told us that those numbers told us that police officers were under siege. But when the number of officer deaths dropped drastically, they media was silent,

New York Times – April 9, 2012

Well, we spoke too soon. Today the New York Times  repeated the statistics from 2011 declaring once again that police officers were under fire. The article pointed at everything from ” having fewer officers on the street” to  an increase in stop and frisk contacts by law enforcement as the reason for the increase. What the article never once considered was that 2011 was a statistical anomaly. Even as they acknowledged, “Through the first three months of this year, the number of police fatalities has dropped,” they failed to tell the readers how significant that drop was and seemed puzzled as to why the current facts would not cooperate with their preconceived thesis.

While it may just be a coincidence, it is worth noting that after seeing a twitter post of our article, That Was Then This is Now…Why Fewer Officer Fatalities is a Bad Thing For LERadley Balko, published a piece on his blog The Agitator, “The ‘War on Cops’ That Wasn’t. And Still Isn’t” where he covered the same ground, a citing us a reference, it seems that the New York Times piece comes out of nowhere, especially when you see it uses last year’s data.

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