Mirror soft on reporting crime stats

Your recent story about issues surrounding the Federal Way Day Center buried the lead. Crime is up 71 percent in the area surrounding the day center since it opened, yet that stat wasn’t mentioned until the last section of the story.

Full disclosure: My wife and I own a business near the day center, but I’m also a journalist.

I appreciate that the Mirror is covering the issue, but a 71 percent increase in crime year over year in one neighborhood should have been in or near the lead. Instead, the story leads with the same happy talk that nearby business owners have been hearing since before the day center opened.

Your readers and the community as a whole are ill-served by soft reporting.

I am reminded of an old saying that you might not be able to print: Don’t pee on my leg and call it rain.

Brad Broberg, Tacoma

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