[UPDATE: Writer Ali Winston explicates:
“We’re talking about crime reductions here, right? We’re not saying Oakland’s murder rate isn’t high – it is. But it is way down from two years ago. The numbers don’t lie – and the Chronicle left those crucial facts out of the article. We’re just pointing out the discrepancy with this morning’s article. Still offensive to you?”
No, we’re talking about whether or not the murder rate in Oakland is “stubbornly high.” There’s nothing wrong with the Chron’s bit – it’s perfectly cromulent. It should not frustrate “everyday readers.” Obviously, the Chron is not under any onus to cheerlead for Oakland law enforcement.]
“Sweeping generalities like “the homicide rate remains stubbornly high” are frustrating to everyday readers to begin with, but are even more agitating when they are not backed up by the facts. According to the Oakland Police Department’s latest weekly crime statistics (from 9/20/10-9/26/10), there have been 62 murders in Oakland this year, down from 80 in 2009. That’s a 23 percent drop, and a 39 percent decrease from the 101 murders in 2008.”
Maybe so, but, nevertheless, The Murder Rate in Oakland is Alarmingly High, right? That “fact” checks out, right?
A nice graphic from Justin Beck / SF Chronicle: