So it’s not Silver Spring, Maryland. It’s on the other side of D.C., in suburban Virginia. Still, Tom Jackman at The Washington Post reports:
zero fanfare, Fairfax County quietly released crime statistics showing that in 2014, the Washington region’s largest jurisdiction recorded its lowest crime rate in its statistical history, dating to 1970.
Zero fanfare? What — are they ashamed? Isn’t this the kind of great information that makes NEWS?
Apparently not. If it doesn’t bleed, it doesn’t lead. If it’s hunky-dory, there is no story. If all is terrific, let’s not get specific. It all is fine, we still will whine….
Okay. I’ll stop. The point being that if the crime rate in the D.C. suburbs is back to what it was in 1970 — when all kids were Free-Range — maybe it’s time to stop worrying about parents who are raising Free-Range Kids.
But if the news never gets out that crime is at historic lows, it’s no surprise that folks believe unsupervised kids are in danger.
If there’s nothing to fear, there’s no news here. If things seem to thrive, forget live at five. If the stats are stupendous, the silence is tremendous.
And if there’s no need to be worried, that news will be buried.
Feel free to come up with your own news rhyme. – L.