For decades now, the Left has been excusing crime with the old “root causes” argument: criminals are made, not born, and they’re made by a confluence of poverty, racism, peer pressure, etc. Because white Leftists feel guilty about this, they’ve tended to give ghetto-based criminals a pass. It’s not their fault they’re criminals; it’s our fault, so we should not judge them harshly.
Of course, regardless of its cause, the problem with giving criminal behavior a pass is that it takes away disincentives for crime. Anyone with a lick of sense knows that you have to attack crime at both root and branch, with the branch being those disincentives.
I mention all this because the media has been one of the major purveyors of the “pathetic criminal” meme, which is consistent with the media’s 90 Democrat demographic. But the one thing these Lefties forgot is that revolutions always eat their own. And that’s why we get this story coming out of Oakland, the city next door to Berkeley, with a population made up of rich white liberals and poor blacks. Municipal government hews Left even by California standards, which may explain the abysmal poverty in which many of Oakland’s blacks live — and the crime. Hitherto, the media has been somewhat sympathetic to the crime. I wonder, though, if that’s all about to change:
The violent robbery of a television news crew outside an Oakland school last week was the latest in a series of similar incidents in a city where the rate of strong-arm robberies and holdups is surging.
But the brazenness of the attack – which occurred during a live broadcast in the middle of the day – has brought fresh urgency to the problem.
Union officials who represent reporters at most of the Bay Area’s major television and radio stations said Tuesday they had asked the broadcasters to immediately hire security guards to accompany news crews when they are in Oakland. At least one station has already enlisted guards, and others are considering it.
You can read the rest here.
I suspect that what brought “fresh urgency to the problem” isn’t a criminal act in a violent city, but the fact that the reporters were the targets. (Shame on me for being so cynical.)