Monday, March 20, 2017

Trump Blasts Press For Not Reporting That Murder Rate is the Highest Its Been in 47 Years

And He's Right Except for the Fact That He's Wrong

And That Can Apply to  Most of What He Says

The President met with some sheriffs and this is what he told them.

"Trump told the sheriffs, “the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years.” He blamed the news media for not publicizing this development, then added, “But the murder rate is the highest it’s been in, I guess, 45 to 47 years.”

Well gosh, we guess the press is hiding this statistic because they want . . . .,well we don't know why they would hide that news. The only reason the media would have for not reporting that is that maybe it isn't true and the press likes to report true facts not alernative facts.

"The country’s murder rate is not the highest it’s been in 47 years. It is almost at its lowest point, actually, according to the FBI, which gathers statistics every year from police departments around the country.

The murder rate is defined as the number of murders and non-negligent homicides per 100,000 residents. Beginning in 1957, when the rate was 4.0 murders per 100,000 residents, the rate rose steadily to a high of 10.2 in 1980. It then steadily dropped, to 7.4 in 1996, to 6.1 in 2006, to 4.4 in 2014. It went up in 2015 to 4.9. But that is less than half the murder rate of 1980, while the population has risen from 226 million in 1980 to 321 million in 2015."

So even factoring in the dead from the Bowling Green Massacre the murder rate is near its low point over the last many decades.  But like all good murder stories this one also has a mystery associated with it.  Why?  Why does Trump lie about this?  

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