By Adam Johnson / <a href="fair.org/home/dozens-condemned-by-media-as-gang-members-not-actually-gang-members-study-confirms/">FAIR</a>
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In the immediate wake of the now infamous “Bronx 120 gang raid,” carried out by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the NYPD on the Eastchester Gardens and Edenwald House housing projects in New York City’s Bronx on April 27, 2016, New York media uncritically and predictably repeated the NYPD and federal prosecutors’ claim that all those arrested were “gang members”—a sprawling conspiracy of murderers, drug dealers and gun runners “taken down” by authorities.
As FAIR (5/2/16) noted at the time, the breathless coverage by outlets like the Daily News, New York Post, New York Times and local TV news was a toxic combination of credulous and racist:
The Daily News (4/28/16) kicked it off with the most salacious and prejudicial headlines:
87 Bronx Gang Members Responsible for Nine Years of Murders and Drug-Dealing Charged in Largest Takedown in NYC History
“Eighty-seven gang members”—every one of them “responsible” for “murders and drug dealing”—no evidence necessary.
No “allegedly,” no quotes around the claims, no question at all that these people—whose faces are forever…