Violent crime fell significantly last year in cities across the U.S., according to preliminary federal statistics, challenging the widely held belief that recessions drive up crime rates. The incidence of violent crimes such as murder, rape and aggravated assault was down 5.5% from 2008, and 6.9% in big cities. It fell 2.4% in long-troubled Detroit and plunged 16.6% in Phoenix, despite a perception of rising crime that has fueled an immigration backlash. The early figures, from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, indicate a third straight year of decreases, along with a sharply accelerating rate of decline. WSJ, Evan Perez.
bu...bu...but that can't be right? We all KNOW that crime rates are rising sharply, because of all those dirty immigrants.
Right? Wait, "Evan PEREZ." He's one of them eel-eagle immy-grants, right? So the story is made up.
Whoops. Guess not. Even an Anglo like "Charlie Savage" is writing this story, for the Times.
Darn it. That whole "immigrants are dirty criminals" was such a good story, too. Until the inconvenient facts got in the way.