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Revisiting Yummy Sandifer

The latest newscast from the Free Spirit Media teens included a comic/song montage about the horrible story of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer.

Now the good folks at MediaBurn have uploaded an episode of "Weekend TV" from September 1994, from the Fund for Innovative TV, about Yummy.

The description:

"Andrew Jones goes to the South Side of Chicago to investigate the murder of 11-year-old Robert Sandifer, who had been accused of killing 9-year-old Shavon Dean in their gang-infested Roseland neighborhood. Two brothers, Cragg and Derrick Hardaway, were arrested for the murder of Sandifer. Jones talks to family and friends about the tragedy of two murders of teenagers and how it reflects on our society."

Here it is:

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In 2014, Fox News Chicago asked if Chicago was less violent than in Yummy's day. The answer is: Resoundingly Yes. The murder rate is half of what it was then. But in the crime hype of the last few years, Fox Chicago didn't see fit to answer the question that way.

Perhaps the reason why the perception of crime is so at odds with the reality of crime, as awful and unacceptable as it continues to be, is because of the way the media reports crime. We have more crime coverage than ever, but more crime coverage is not the same as more crime. Without proper context in the reporting, people's perceptions are jacked up. And that's a fact.

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See also: The Beachwood Radio Hour: Crime Is Down.

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on January 27, 2016


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