Not only does ABC downplay the importance of healthcare reform and gun control, it also rarely considers the monthly unemployment report to be worthy of a correspondent's attention. Again, true to form, CBS' Anthony Mason filed on the October data -- a 7.3% jobless rate, 204K net new workers hired -- while ABC and NBC mentioned the data only in passing.
So what does ABC cover instead? Pierre Thomas' report on the latest trend in shoplifting -- thieves hitting stores en masse as a flash mob -- was an example of the property crime beat. ABC also likes stories on home burglaries and automobile theft. What all three types of crime have in common is the availability of CCTV surveillance video to lend the packages some visual punch. Thomas played video from six different shoplifting sprees, including four separate replays of a single theft from a Sports Authority store in Chicago.
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