Fox News Rushes To Say Attack On Paul Pelosi Is Proof Of Random Crime Everywhere

by | Oct 28, 2022 | Politics

After news broke Friday morning that Paul Pelosi was violently assaulted, Fox News wasted no time in pushing the GOP’s midterm message that crime is random and could strike at any moment — even for what turned out to be a targeted attack on the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).With scant public details on what exactly happened to Paul Pelosi, Fox News host Bill Hemmer said it was important to talk about how rampant crime is in general. Advertisement“Crime hits everybody,” Hemmer said, adding moments later, “This can happen anywhere, crime is random and that’s why it’s such a significant part of this election story.”Fox News later brought on Michael Shellenberger, an author who claims progressivism is linked to drug addiction and mental illness. He said the attack on Paul Pelosi should be seen as “a wake-up call” that crime affects everybody.“We are in a crime crisis in our country because we demoralize the police,” said Shellenberger, rattling off San Francisco crime statistics. “We have basically said to police that they are the enemy.”Fox News host John Roberts chimed in, “This person isn’t protected against being assaulted, what are regular folks there in San Francisco to do?”AdvertisementIn yet another segment, a Fox News panelist wondered aloud why President Joe Biden condemned the attack against Paul Pelosi, which involved a hammer, but did not condemn “thousands” of other hammer attacks in the city.Fox News instantly plugs the Pelosi home invasion and assault on Paul Pelosi into its GOP talking points, saying this shows that “crime hits everybody” and “this can happen anywhere, crime is random and that’s why it’s such a significant part of this election story.” We’ll see.— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) October 28, 2022

This is precisely the political message that Republicans have settled on for the midterm elections. House GOP leaders routinely accuse Democrats of driving up crime. Republicans have turned to crime fear-mongering to hold vulnerable Senate seats in states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where the GOP has abandoned any advertising on economic issues in favor of over-the-top and sometimes misleading ads about crime.In the week of Sept. 10-17, a full 48% of the GOP’s digital advertising in battleground states dealt with crime, according to data compiled by Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC. Guy Cecil, the chair of the Democratic super PAC Priorities USA, told HuffPost last month that the GOP’s bid to generally scare people about crime is a tried and trusted strategy.Advertisement“This is not a new a …

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