The NBC Today Show recently claimed that the number of
“missing children” in America has risen 44 percent since 1982.
What is really scary is this: There is NO TRUTH to that statement.According to the United States Department of Justice, the
best source for such data, there has been no increase at all. In fact,
there are signs of a decline
Fear as news is a basic staple of American news, be it print or broadcast. It is only rarely that a newspaper bravely prints a headline that tells it as it really is:
“Crime Wave Across Nation Called a Mirage; Despite Fears, Figures Indicate Rate Isn’t Rising,”
Stories of criminal mayhem fill the evening news. Crime sets the agenda
for state and local politics from Florida to California. Polls regularly rank
crime alongside the economy and health care as the nation’s most pressing concerns. . . . The president promises federal action; the first lady declares the fight on crime to be her next big issue. It is as though the country were confronting a devastating new wave of theft and violence. It isn’t. There is no new national crime wave.. .