Accuracy in Media

NBC News’ headline read, “Sharp Rise in Ambush Killings Leaves Police Officers, Families on Edge”, leaving out the hard statistics facing police officers and their families: They appear to be under attack by suspects. At least the article detailed the grim statistics, such as 56% spike in officers shot and killed, 21 officers killed in ambush attacks and 250% increase in ambush fatalities:

Garafola is one of 64 officers shot and killed in the line of duty this year. Twenty-one of those officers were killed by ambush attacks targeting police, according to new data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, up from six in 2015.

The numbers show an increase in total officers shot and killed — a 56 percent spike since last year — and a 250 percent rise in ambush fatalities.

The extreme spike in ambush figures appears especially large because the incidents are typically so rare.

What did the rest of the liberal media say? They actually used statistics in their headlines and in their articles:

TIME: “Number of U.S. Police Officers Killed on Duty Rises to 5-Year High in 2016” on December 29, 2016

USA Today: “Ambush-style killings of police up 167% this year” on November 3, 2016

Washington Post: “Ambush killings of police officers has hit a 10-year high” on November 21, 2016

Another Washington Post article: “Ambushes and fatal shootings fuel increase in police death toll this year” on December 29, 2016

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