Fear-mongering Media Story and Our Response

This article is just one example of the fear-mongering in the media. Here is the story and what NARSOL has to say about it: https://narsol.org/…/…/the-bad-the-worse-and-the-despicable/. We encourage you to communicate your feelings on this story to the station, NBC, an anyone else you believe can have an impact on ending this type of horrific reporting. Outrageously, while they originally took down the story they have reposted it and removed all comments and, apparently, the ability to post comments.

Here is a petition you can sign if you are interested. The petition states in part “Jenny Day’s entire ‘news story’ is built around a grossly incorrect statistic that 99% of registered sex offenders re-offend.”

Here is a response we sent to the leadership of the station and NBC’s corporate office:

November 17, 2019

Dear Mr. Romero,

Arizonans for Rational Sex Offense Laws is the Arizona chapter of NARSOL (National Association for Rational Sex Offense Laws).  We envision effective, fact-based sexual offense laws and policies that promote public safety, safeguard civil liberties, honor human dignity, and offer holistic prevention, healing and restoration.  Because denying any group of citizens their civil, constitutional or human rights threatens the liberties of us all.

As the Directors of AZRSOL, we wanted to share with you some facts regarding sexual offenses and the people who commit them. We also are asking you to publish a corrected version of your story, Released to Reoffend: News 11 investigates the sex offender next door, which is filled with complete falsehoods and misquotes designed to instill fear based upon myths rather than facts. It is in fact, one of the most inaccurate pieces of “journalism” we have ever seen in a sea of fear-based reporting on a topic which is difficult to talk about.

Here are the facts supported by sources, unlike the information provided in your article:

We also would like to point out a particularly disturbing technique used by the reporter where she quotes a source and follows the quote with a summary of what was said. In at least one case, we believe what follows the quote to be a misrepresentation of what the source told the reporter. The article states “Representative Walter Blackman (R) Arizona, said in part, ‘There are some who believe we should include sex offenders as part of the criminal justice reform debate,’ but he says he can’t support that.” In fact, Representative Blackman has invited us to speak at his ad hoc committee on Earned Release Credits. While we cannot say exactly what Mr. Blackman told the reporter, we find it incredibly suspicious, and bad journalism, that she chose to quote him only in part.

We would be happy to speak with you regarding our concerns and to provide you with additional facts to aid you in accurately reporting on this issue in the future. We look forward to your response and a seeing corrected version a corrected version of the story.


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