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Violent Crime Is Decreasing, But Is The Media Distorting Facts To Create Fear?

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Host Naimah Latif

Host Naimah Latif


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Statistics are showing that violent crime is actually on the decline, but media reports of killings,robberies, and assaults give the impression that danger is everywhere, and the future looks grim. In fear, hordes of people are rushing to buy firearms and security systems. Who are these nameless, faceless people that we are protecting ourselves from? Is the media selling fear on purpose? Why? The daily stories of killings are certainly for real, and yet, what if there are many more acts of kindness and consideration by strangers that never get reported? Journalist Nate Clay, host of the television talk show "Seven Days Chicago" talks about distortions in the Media and the political and economic incentives for the media to sell fear to the public.  Who stands to gain when the public becomes suspicious and hysterical? How can the negative impressions of growing inner city crime be reversed?