04-19-2021 Chicago

ABC 7 Sensationalizes Criminal Record of Shooting Victim

"Young girl's father, who was also shot, has long criminal record, according to records obtained by the I-Team."

Fact Check: Sensationalism

The Debunk

This horrible tragedy underscores the decades of failed so-called “solutions” to promote public health and safety. The last thing in the world we should be doing now is doubling down on billions we spend on strategies that ended up with two people, including a little girl, dead.

The problem with "criminal justice" journalism

For over half a century, social justice policy--from crime and education to health and housing--has been shaped by journalists. Journalists influence public opinion about those in power (i.e. police, prosecutors, judges, politicians, etc.), the way that power is used (i.e. violent, targeted policing and mass human caging), and the people and communities targeted by by those currently in power (i.e. “inmates” and “druggies”). 

A misinformed, often scared public is a public poised to support irrational and cruel policies that serve powerful interests, even if those policies are proven to undermine their own interests (i.e.fiscal responsibility, concern for basic human rights, and desire for genuine public health and safety).

Gun possession doesn't mean gun violence

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Story Link

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