Oh, now The New York Times notices horrific crimes within the metropolis: On Friday, it reported on a brutal rape that happened in a West Village park simply days earlier than final week’s midterm elections.
The Times story recounted how police had been searching for alleged attacker Carl Phanor, a homeless man with 25 prior arrests, for 2 earlier assaults solely to eventually nab him after a 3rd horror on Nov. 3.
In that case, the attacker choked a feminine jogger so exhausting she misplaced consciousness, then knocked her to the bottom, raped and robbed her. All in a park thought of protected. And, once more, simply days earlier than an election through which crime was a significant concern.
Worth reporting, no? Not to the Times’ editors.
The Post flagged the horror on its cowl the following day. Readers may ignore it, however at the least that they had the choice; on the Times, editors apparently thought it finest to not let readers know in any respect. Remember, Gov. Kathy Hochul had claimed New York’s crime surge was just a conspiracy concept unfold by “media manipulators.” The rape story (together with numerous different terrifying incidents) may shatter that declare.
Even after the election, left-leaning shops instructed that tales in The Post led to an unusually excessive turnout for Hochul’s opponent, Rep. Lee Zeldin, who’d made crime a central focus of his marketing campaign, and for different GOPers. “Blood-and-guts headlines propelled Republicans in New York,” Politico screamed, as if it had been the headlines and tales — not the nightmare actuality they depicted — that motivated voters.
That’s completely backward: Fact is, New Yorkers (even many Democrats) do care about crime. They do need to learn about horrific assaults, particularly of their neighborhoods.
Readers didn’t dismiss our protection or pooh-pooh it however voted primarily based on it — as a result of it mattered to them: Zeldin bought 30% of the vote within the metropolis, although simply 10% of voters listed here are Republicans.
Even Politico admitted crime was an “pressing” concern for New Yorkers, per polls. On Long Island, Siena discovered a whopping 90% of voters ranked crime as a really or considerably major problem.
That different shops tried to downplay the surge and did not report main tales was, frankly, nothing lower than journalistic malpractice. Crime, significantly within the metropolis, has surged since 2019, the yr disastrous bail “reforms” were passed. Felonies citywide at the moment are up 32%, murders 26%. Subway killings hit a 25-year high, together with four in a three-week stretch.
New York’s election outcomes didn’t show readers don’t need to learn about crime; they proved the other. Papers just like the Times merely care extra about their agenda than about what their readers need to know.