Crime Waves That Aren’t
An inside look at manufacturing the news.
Professional elites rarely experience a moral panic or subjective feeling of a “crime wave” or “surge” about crimes like wage theft, water pollution, foreclosure fraud, tax evasion, air pollution, building safety code violations, prison guard brutality, illegal police spying, political corruption, sexual assault of migrant detainees, or other crimes that are rampant and cause objectively higher levels of harm. They seem only to obsess urgently about some crimes committed by people, and this obsession is usually not correlated with any objective assessment of overall threat to well-being.
— "Crime Waves That Aren't"