According to the Daily Show report below, Chicago’s Operation Ceasefire “violence interrupters” have reduced shootings in three [cherry-picked] Windy City neighborhoods by 43 percent. The comedian/reporter fails to provide a citation for the claim that hiring ex-cons to talk gang bangers out of shooting each other is an effective “gun violence” reduction strategy. Nor does it mention . . .
last May’s headline at chicagosuntimes.com: CeaseFire ‘violence interrupter’ among dozens charged after gang probe. Or other “violence interrupter” scandals around the country. Nor is it funny (this is Comedy Central, right?).
But the feelgood report makes Mr. Noah’s progressive, millennial-heavy audience happy, to the point where they cheer and clap at the all the appropriate moments. What are the odds there’s a flashing sign in the studio to cue them?
I’m not sure which would be worse: using CLAP and CHEER signs or no signs at all.