'Ellen' Inflates Newark Mayor's Achievements
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
A glowing video about Newark Mayor Cory Booker that aired on Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show Tuesday made some dubious claims about his tenure – including a claim that crime has dropped “almost 50 percent” under his leadership.
The video, produced by the show and played during Tuesday’s episode, lavishes praise on Booker, saying he had “the world was at his feet” but he chose to dedicate his life to “saving one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in America.”
In fact, crime has dipped 11 percent since he took office in 2006, according to Uniform Crime Reports, obtained by The Star-Ledger, which first reported the disparities.
Earlier this year, Booker said there was an uptick in crime between mid-2010 and mid-2011, followed by a reversal of the trend.
The mayor’s office did not provide “Ellen” producers with the statistics used in the piece, according to spokeswoman Anne Torres. She said she provided the show with a fact sheet -- "55 Top Accomplishments in Five Year" -- that appears on the city's website. The fact sheet does not mention crime stats.
A spokeswoman for the "Ellen" show said the information from the video came from "various sources."
"The overall purpose of the piece was to inform our viewers about the mayor and his accomplishments," Melissa Light Padgitt said in a statement.