Sep 27, 2023 - Culture

Seattleites challenge Fox News' spin on the city's crime

A Fox interviewer in a blue button up shirt holds a mic to a shorter person in a bright green jacket as she speaks into the mic.

A screengrab from the segment about Seattle that appeared on "The Five" on Fox News this week.

Fox News hosts expressed disbelief this week after a few Seattle residents were recorded on camera saying life in the city wasn't all that bad.

Driving the news: In a segment on "The Five" that began with co-host Jeanine Pirro calling Seattle "a progressive hellscape," a Fox journalist interviewed three people in Seattle who disputed that the Emerald City is a hotbed for crime.

What they're saying: One Seattleite openly mocked the Fox interviewer, Johnny Belisario, when he said he'd seen "a lot of people shooting up" in the city that day.

  • "Oh, did you? And they were bothering you?" asked the person in a bright green jacket, who appeared to have been stopped and interviewed while walking through Seattle Center.
  • When Belisario replied he "was in a car," the mockery escalated: "Oh, no, you were in a car, they were hurting you so bad!"

Plus: Another person interviewed by Fox said they'd never seen any crime in Seattle, but they'd "seen fun and laughter."

  • Another remarked, "Crime is a social issue that could be solved by giving people their basic needs."

The bottom line: Only three people were featured in the now-viral Fox segment, which doesn't necessarily show the range of views in the city about recent upticks in crime.

  • Still, Fox pundits were quick to jump on the clips to claim that Seattleites are treating crime as "a big joke" and that residents are "in denial."
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