Dan Abrams says crime ‘underreported’ by ‘left of center’ media, shares update on Live PD return

Author and legal pundit Dan Abrams claims that the corporate media is downplaying the surge in violent crime in America because of the liberal narrative that dominates America’s news room.

“I think the mainstream media is left of center…I think the problem is they don’t admit it,” he asserted in the context of crime coverage or lack thereof.

Abrams also indicated, as he has done in the past, that the ratings-powerhouse reality TV show Live PD is poised for a comeback.

Abrams’ admission about his media colleagues is perhaps surprising, given his own liberal bona fides, which include founding the left-leaning Mediaite website and serving as the chief legal analyst for ABC News.

His comments came in the context of a question from Watters’ World host Jesse Watters who asked Abrams about when his “culpable” friends in the mainstream media will begin to cover the ongoing crime wave in a fair manner.

“I don’t think the media is culpable, but I agree with you that it is under-reported. I agree that the media ought to be covering more crime waves in certain cities,” Abrams responded to the Fox News Channel host.

“Now, some people will tell you, ‘Oh, there’s no crime wave. It’s actually, you know, you have to look at the numbers this way or that way.’ The bottom line is that there is a serious crime problem in big cities around America. And I do think that the media is reluctant to cover that kind of stuff.”

“I said this publicly,” Abrams continued by way of explanation. “I think the mainstream media is left of center…I think the problem is they don’t admit it, right? And they don’t, because if they would just say, ‘Here’s where we are politically, and this is how we’re going to cover stories,’ that might be a little more honesty in the process, right?”

“I think the problem is that for a lot of these entities, you know, they don’t even notice that they’re doing it. They don’t even notice that they’re focusing all on, so often, in my view, too often, claiming the police are always the bad guys as opposed to the good guys. I want to see more police heroism stories,” Abrams added, about media bias.

Watch the clip below and draw your own conclusions:

(Video: Fox News)

Super fan Watters then asked about the possibility of the return to the airwaves of Live PD.

In a huge disappointment to its devoted viewership, skittish A&E network executives and the production company cancelled Live PD in June 2020 in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody. Ex-officer Derek Chauvin was subsequently convicted of murder in the tragic incident.

“I hope soon. I’ve been advocating it from the moment they decided to cancel it. As you know, I was not happy about the decision. I have been advocating for its return, and I think it’s soon…I think it’s coming back,” Abrams asserted about Live PD.

“That’s great news; I can’t wait — I’ll be watching,” Watters enthusiastically chimed in, even noting that it’s a competing program to his own Fox News platform. “I still tell people to watch; just DVR my show, or Live PD, whatever you want,” he joked.

Live PD was one of the most, if not the most, watched shows on cable television in its time slot during its peak run and generated a large social media following. It was perhaps one of the closest things to appointment TV that still exists in the fragmented entertainment space.

If Live PD returns to its original time slot (9 p.m.-midnight Eastern time on Friday and Saturday), first-run episodes would actually not compete with Watters’ show. Reruns or repurposed material is a different matter, however, as such content often aired before a new episode.

Around the same time frame, the Paramount Network cancelled the long-running syndicated show Cops just as its 33rd season was about to premiere.

With videographers along for the ride, Live PD followed officers from multiple U.S. jurisdictions on night patrol in real time, although there was a delay of about 5-20 minutes for legal and other reasons. Pre-taped packages were aired when nothing particularly intense or provocative was going on.

In covering dramatic, quirky, and sometimes even mundane encounters, the show humanized cops, improved police-community relations, and helped recruitment for law enforcement careers, according to the show’s proponents.

Live PD ended its existing run at 298 episodes. Shortly before it pulled the plug, A&E had renewed the show for 160 more installments.

 

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