Tout: Verb: “attempt to sell (something), typically by pestering people in an aggressive or bold manner.”

January 9, 2018 – Alabama – DeKalb city of Tucker sees big drop in violent crime – AJC.com

Tucker, the still new DeKalb County city, is touting a decline in overall crime, including a 30 percent reduction in the number of violent crimes.

Tout: Verb: “attempt to sell (something), typically by pestering people in an aggressive or bold manner.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s January, 2018, and crime is plummeting to historic lows all over the globe. Previously within this thread, which is now well into its fourth year, I’ve presented other identical examples of the use of the negative word “tout” within this context, and will continue to bring them forward and document them here, looking forward to a future post featuring an article-length chain of them, in the hopes it might jar some subset of sleeping readers awake from their multi-generational programming.

The headline of the article I’ve highlighted up at the top of this post says “DeKalb city of Tucker sees big drop in violent crime”, where “big” is general, a hallmark of propaganda. In journalistic parlance, they’ve deliberately “buried” the specific figure – a 30% reduction – in an effort to blunt or defray the message. Because saying “Tucker sees 30% drop in violent crime” would be much more impactful, so they hedged with the softer “Tucker sees big drop”.

You can see the exact same tactic used in two stories that I’ve featured below from Washington, D.C., from 1/2/2018. One says “DC saw ‘significant’ drop in crime in 2017”

While in the other, we read “Violent Crime Down 22 Percent in DC in 2017, Statistics Show”

In the first headline, “significant” is general, which is a hallmark of propaganda. While in the second headline, “Violent Crime Down 22 Percent in DC in 2017, Statistics Show”, “down 22%” is specific. And, even in that second case, they’ve hedged by adding “statistics show” at the end, to allow the subconscious of the reader to twist over to “yeah, but you can make statistics say anything.” They wanted to avoid using the much-stronger headline: “Violent Crime Down 22 Percent in DC in 2017.”

You can see the exact same tactic used in a story from January 10, from Long Island, NY, headlined “Hempstead Village police report drop in crime in 2017”. The article goes on to say that “Hempstead Village officials said they marked a 19 percent drop in crime last year compared with 2016.”

The headline says “drop” , which is general, a hallmark of propaganda. In journalistic parlance, they’ve deliberately “buried” the specific figure – a 19% reduction – in an effort to blunt or defray the message. Because ““Hempstead Village police report 19% drop in crime in 2017” would be much more impactful, so they hedged with the softer “police report drop”.

There’s an extra level of hedging in the headline, as well, because “police report drop” is softer than “Crime drops 19% in Hempstead Village in 2017”.

It gets even weirder when they use “marked” in the body text: “Hempstead Village officials said they marked a 19 percent drop in crime last year compared with 2016.”

Marked – transitive verb – to fix or trace out the bounds or limits of. (2) : to plot the course of : chart. b : to set apart by or as if by a line or boundary.

Here are the layers of hedging:

(The original sentence) “Hempstead Village officials said they marked a 19 percent drop in crime last year compared with 2016.”

“Hempstead Village officials marked a 19 percent drop in crime last year compared with 2016” (where the hedging “said” is excised – ed)

“There was a 19% drop in crime in Hempstead Village last year compared with 2016” (where the hedging “officials marked” is excised – ed)

Three consecutive uses of the exact same propaganda tactic used on the exact same subject from three different geographic location would prove Conspiracy to any but the most avowed Coincidence Theorist. (to maintain current programming levels, narrow eyes and affirm “yeah, but that’s because “bad news sells.”

I know that laying down of these scientific proofs will do nothing to sway someone who willfully wishes to remain asleep.

So why am I doing this?

In the hope that, by the time article- or book-length repetitions of such tactics are compiled, there will be no further need for them, because the concensus will be “Everybody knows that.”

Oh, wait…I think we’re already there:

September 4, 2016 – Americans’ Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low – Gallup News

August 20, 2017 – Americans Don’t Trust the Media, and for Good Reason

 

 

 

 

 

September 27, 2017 – Crime Drop Shows Reforms Are Working – Hartford Courant

Editorial: Connecticut’s sharp drop in crime shows that criminal justice reforms are working.

 

December 20, 2017 – 2017 U.S. Crime Rates Expected To Show Drop-Off : NPR

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been traveling this week to push an effort to crack down on crime. Meanwhile, a new report says data undercut claims that the U.S. is experiencing a crime wave.

 

January 2, 2018 – Violence-scarred Chicago saw crime drop as high-tech program rolled out

 

January 2, 2018 – Why New York crime has plunged to record lows

 

2018 New York—Over the past two decades, even as crime rates all around the country were falling to record lows, the drop in crime in New York City was something special. For the 27th straight year, crime is down again in the nation’s largest city – and once again to record-setting, jaw-dropping lows.

 

January 2, 2018 – DC saw ‘significant’ drop in crime in 2017 | WTOP

“In 2017, we experienced a reduction in every single crime category,” D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said Tuesday.

 

January 2, 2018 – Violent Crime Down 22 Percent in DC in 2017, Statistics Show

 

January 2, 2018 – Think crime is on the rise? In Salt Lake City, it’s been dropping, serious crime especially

 

January 9, 2018 – Alabama – DeKalb city of Tucker sees big drop in violent crime – AJC.com

Tucker, the still new DeKalb County city, is touting a decline in overall crime, including a 30 percent reduction in the number of violent crimes.

 

January 10, 2018 – Long Island, NY – Hempstead Village police report drop in crime in 2017 | Newsday

Hempstead Village officials said they marked a 19 percent drop in crime last year compared with 2016.

 

January 11, 2018 – Police chief credits new strategy for city’s crime drop

One Virginia city has recorded its lowest level of violent crime in nearly two decades.

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