The New York Times Should Change its Masthead Claim to “All the News that Fits”

Oct. 2, 2019
Bob Adelmann

When the FBI released its latest report, 2018 Crime Statistics, on Monday, the mainstream media largely ignored it because it didn't "fit" their preconceived belief that more guns means more gun violence.

In abbreviated coverage of the report that violent crime continues to decline in the Unites States, the Times and theWashington Post gave it short shrift, while the Wall Street Journal ignored it altogether. Said the report, "In 2018, violent crime was down 3.3 percent from the 2017 number. Property crimes also dropped 6.3 percent, marking the 16th consecutive year [that] these offenses declined."

In addition, reported the FBI, robbery offenses fell 12 percent, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses fell 6.2 percent, burglaries dropped 11.9 percent, larceny-thefts decreased by 5.4 percent, and motor vehicle thefts were down 3.1 percent.

The Washington Post skimmed the headlines in its short coverage, reluctantly adding that "even in 2015 and 2016 crime remained at historical lows" while the New York Times admitted in its brief coverage that "the decline in overall crime continues a decade-long trend."

The primary effort to discredit the FBI's report came from left-wing Gizmodo, which called it "historically problematic," adding that "the FBI's figures have long suffered from inaccuracies stemming not only from its flawed collection process but also its internal methodology."


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Alan Gottlieb, head of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), asked his members rhetorically, "What 'gun violence' epidemic are you talking about?," adding:

The number of murders has gone down. Yet, in order to create the impression that this country is awash in violent crime, gun grabbers routinely combine the number of homicides and suicides, plus accidental deaths and call them all acts of so-called "gun violence." It is deliberately misleading and downright dishonest….

It is important to note that last year, according to the new FBI data, only 297 murders are known to have been committed with rifles of any kind, yet Democrats, including all of those now running for president, want to ban modern semiautomatic sporting rifles, which they repeatedly mischaracterize as "weapons of war." Millions of honest citizens own such firearms, and they have harmed nobody.

The clear lack of coverage by the media may be called its "bias of silence" in that only stories that promote or support its anti-gun agenda appear robustly and repeatedly. Skeptical readers of the New York Times have long believed that its masthead claim that "All the News that's Fit to Print" appears on its pages is grossly deceptive. They declare instead that its claim should be "All the News that Fits" while the news that doesn't remains underreported, if reported at all.

Selective reporting of the news isn't journalism, it's propaganda. As conservative humorist Tom Anderson succinctly pointed out so many years ago, the Times is so biased that "I don't even believe the page numbers!"

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Sources:

FBI.gov: FBI Releases 2018 Crime Statistics

FBI.gov: Violent Crime statistics

The New York Times: Murder Rate Drops Across U.S., but Not in All Large Cities

Washington Post: Murder and other violent crime fell again in 2018, new FBI data shows

Email from CCRKBA: FBI SAYS VIOLENT CRIME DOWN; CCRKBA ASKS DEMS 'WHAT GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC?'

Newseum.org: Masthead slogan: All the News That's fit to Print

Gizmodo: Here's What the Most Recent FBI Crime Stats Can Actually Tell Us

Background on Gizmodo

Mediabiasfactcheck.com: Gizmodo is left-wing

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