Megan Harlan
May 01, 1998 AT 04:00 AM EDT

As a longtime crime reporter for the New York Daily News, Krajicek grew so disenchanted with the ”tabloidization” of mainstream news that, in 1990, he quit to teach at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. In his lively history of crime reporting, Scooped! Media Miss Real Story on Crime While Chasing Sex, Sleaze, and Celebrities, Krajicek charges that all the racy headlines have eclipsed a more crucial story: that mass incarcerations of drug offenders since the Reagan years have meant dangerously shorter jail terms for violent criminals and expensive bills for taxpayers. Krajicek also notes that hyped-up, poorly reported crime does pay — in the ratings, that is. B+

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