This week's Mainstream Media Scream features the host of "All In with Chris Hayes" on MSNBC disturbed that the nation is fearful of criminals even though more are in jail.
On Friday night, Hayes was discussing some commentary from Fox's Bill O'Reilly with California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee when he said:
"What I find most frustrating is that we have seen is incarceration go up at the same time that crime is going down, and yet the fear level is still stoked, even though what we have is, objectively, less murders every year, we have less crime, we are living in a safer society, and we are putting more people in prison."
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Duh! Just because liberals don't like imprisoning people does not mean it doesn't work to decrease crime if more criminals are incarcerated and thus unable to murder or rob. It's not a paradox, but a basic cause-and-effect outcome which has perplexed the supposedly erudite Hayes."
Rating: Five out of five screams.
Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.