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Fox and the Crips, redux


JM, Garage mural, Fairbanks Pl., Echo Park, 4.30.08

The Fox news "exclusive" will go on for a second night, and if the second is anything like the first, expect print to ponder what the hell's going on. A gangster in a gang program gets busted, and to the Hawthorne PD he says, almost incongruently, "I know Janice Hahn." It's the way a teenager's mind works: when you are about to be sent to the concrete chateau, don't you name drop the most famous person you've ever met? And this is presented as Janice Hahn's fault?

But beyond that big first-night of Fox sucker-punching, the interview with the disgruntled cops had to take the prize. These are people who are about to sue the City. We should expect these to state a fair case, and take their word for blanket statements they are making about how the Los Angeles Police Department perceives Hahn's intervention efforts?

So what's up with Fox's sensationalizing of this rather mundane and woefully slanted story? A gangster at a not-for-profit gets accused of a cold case crime; two cops can't stand their reassignment so they get an idea to shake down the City; a jouno finds a scapegoat, the Councilwoman who has some of the toughest housing project gang problems to solve in the whole City. Councilwoman Hahn believes in God and forgiveness; she talks to gangsters of every stripe; she goes to community weddings, community funerals, consoles the grieving. She already wears a cross around her neck, always; she shouldn't have to wear a media albatross too.