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MSNBC host Joy Reid downplayed Americans’ concerns of rising crime because none of her friends in big cities have been affected.
Reid was responding to a tweet by Nikole Hannah-Jones, the founder of the 1619 Project, about an ABC News/Washington Post poll.
“The number of Americans seeing crime as an extremely serious problem in the United States is at a more than 20-year high, President Joe Biden is underwater in trust to handle it,” ABC News reported of its new survey.
Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author who just received tenure at the Univeristy of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, responded, writing: “Given that actual crime is not at or near a 20-year high, not even close to it, where do you imagine these perceptions have come from? Media cannot help itself.”
Reid agreed, saying, “Solid inquiry. I’ve seen more TV stories about crime than the actual anecdotes from friends in NYC or other big cities bear out. I mean summer is when crime always goes up and Shark Week happens perennially, despite the rarity of actual shark attacks. But it’s … odd for sure.”
Not every form of crime is surging, but one of the most violent forms is up. Murder is at its highest level in more than 20 years, according to the New York Magazine.
And despite Reid’s take, the New York Police Department’s statistics show murders year-to-date have risen by 50% over two years.