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KOMO asserts Seattle is dying with misery porn | March 20 - 26, 2019 | Real Change
Political revolution, KOMO insinuates, is in the air, and the “idiots” on the City Council are responsible for Seattle’s collapse.

There is no mention of the homeless “state of emergency” that, three years ago, concentrated the power to act in the hands of the mayor.

It is not a homeless crisis, we are told. It is a “drug crisis.” Former City Attorney candidate Scott Lindsay’s “System Failure” report is twisted to conflate homelessness, criminality, and drug addiction into a seamless whole.

“I don’t know one person who’s gotten treatment and gotten off the street,” says KOMO reporter and Executive Producer Matt Markovich.

Johnson interviews the most unsympathetic homeless person in Seattle, a daily meth user who’s racked up 34 criminal cases, including assault and attempted rape, in just four years.

“The system has exalted me,” he says. “I’m having a blast. It’s just so much fun!”

Yeah. Being a homeless drug addict is a real joyride.

From here, the special pivots to solutions, and the answer, says an anonymously quoted cop, is simple. “Lock them up. People come here because it’s called Freattle.”

This narrative is not backed up by facts. In fact, the data says the opposite. A 2018 survey asked 900 homeless people in King County: “Where were you living at the time you most recently became homeless?”

Eighty-three percent of respondents said they became homeless in King County. Only 3 percent said they came here seeking services.

The problem of homelessness, KOMO says, is not complicated. It’s not upstream. The problem, obviously, is homeless people. And the solution “can be boiled down to two simple words. Enforcement and intervention.”

Screw all those troubling reality-based studies that say incarceration for poverty crimes mostly worsens outcomes, or that forced treatment usually fails.

As the special ends, the camera pans over Washington State’s closed federal prison on McNeil Island. “Maybe that billion dollars we spent last year could be spent on a tough, compassionate concept that actually works. That saves lives.”
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