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Poverty-porn story in U.K.’s Daily Mail marvels that “the real Baltimore is still poverty-plagued city of” The Wire

April 11, 2013
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In a story filled with AP images of Baltimore blight and not much else, the UK’s Daily Mail marvels that “Five years after The Wire left screens… the real Baltimore is still poverty-plagued city of series.”

What, did they think a TV show was going to solve that shit?

Amid the photographs are generalized bleak assessments that the city is “stumbling dangerously into poverty” despite the fact that the economy has generally been improving and city unemployment is about as low now as it’s been since 2008. It reports “Baltimore lost nearly 5 per cent of its population from 2000 to 2010,” without mentioning that the city’s population actually went up over the past 12 months, for the first time in 60 years.

The problem, of course, is real, but it’s certainly not new or news. It seems that the Daily Mail is simply trying to garner clicks by referencing David Simon’s show, which is apparently “ubiquitous” in the U.K.  (since ubiquitous means “everywhere” I am imagining that the show is not only on the telly but, uh, in loos, tubes, and pubs all over the country). Katie Davies, the author of the piece, seems to have made a career reporting on us maladjusted yanks for British readers. Other recent headlines include ‘Fetuses and blood all over the place’: Medic’s graphic account of ‘be-heading live babies’ at abortion ‘House of Horrors’ in Philadelphia; and 8-year-old boy may lose arm after family’s American bulldog ‘went crazy’ and ripped through his shoulder after he got his arm stuck in the gate on its enclosure.

In related news, rural England no longer greatly resembles the areas depicted in the not-quite-ubiquitous Downton Abbey. Spoiler alert: Great Britain enters World War II