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CNN Panel Pushes Back Against Guest Who Says Rising Crime Is ‘A Ratings Thing’

A CNN panelist on Saturday pushed back against a guest who said the rise in crime was a “ratings issue.”

The Washington, D.C. City Council approved it unanimously. invoice On Tuesday, it rolled back liberal reforms, followed by a spike in murders. CNN panelist Carla Swisher said rising crime in U.S. cities was just a “ratings issue,” prompting other panelists on “Who's Talking to Chris Wallace?” caused a backlash.

“DC is really bad, really bad. And I think coming out of the pandemic, people just felt like something was wrong. You know, homelessness was a huge problem here in Washington, D.C. and in other cities. '' said CNN panelist Sarah Longwell. “If you listen to voters, I would say they think of the city as a third-world country. Part of this seems to come from the current political culture, where crime is a big problem. And the Republicans are talking about it, too. And I think it's been talked about, uh, in a very exaggerated way—”

“By whom? By whom?” Swisher interjected. “Which station?”

“From Fox News,” Longwell replied.

“They just kept going. It was like — if you go to San Francisco, you'll be like, 'What are you talking about?'” Swisher said. “This is just, that's it, we have a problem, but that's not it. They just made it a rating issue. They kept saying this, but it's not true!”

The Safe DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2024 was passed after homicides in Washington, DC reached a 25-year high. according to To Axios. The city was one of many cities to defund their police departments in 2020 in response to Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests against law enforcement. (Related: DC's CVS to close due to teen theft epidemic)

“I think that's true, but I also think there was a carjacking on my street yesterday. Washington, D.C., is a problem city as well. And by the way, we don't talk about carjackings as if they were like, 'Oh. , it's not murder.'' No one likes having a gun pointed at their face or having their car stolen! '' CNN panelist Lulu Garcia-Navarro said.

“And especially in Washington, D.C., we recorded the highest homicide rate in 26 years in 2023,” CNN panelist John McCormack added. “I think there was a slight improvement in—”

“DC is an outlier, but you're right,” Navarro interjected.

“We just had the attorney general in Washington, D.C., say, 'We can't indict or arrest people to get away from this carjacking problem,'” McCormack continued. “Well, actually I think you can.”

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