The so-called "liberal media" have also played their part. Although crime rates have fallen dramatically since the early 1990s, crime reportage has actually risen in inverse proportion: up to 50 percent of local news airtime is now devoted to crime reportage - prurient stories about sex abuse, lurid tales of gang violence, breathless accounts of callous predation. While the news media have profiteered off sensational coverage of this overblown crime beat, right-wing political interests have manipulated it, stoking fear of crime and predation to win elections - and, more enduringly, to reshape the social contract.
excerpt Anonymous In These Times; Jan 2010; 34, 1; Docstoc pg. 34 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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