News Crew Doing Story on App that Warns of Dangerous Neighborhoods, Goes to Dangerous Neighborhood, Gets Robbed

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The App is SketchFactor, which a bunch of lefty blogs have been denouncing as racist, even though the app never mentions race.

Sites run almost entirely by smug white people, like Gawker, Gothamist and New York Mag, immediately denounced it as a racist app made by smug racist white people.

So a news crew headed into a sketchy neighborhood to report why only racists would want to avoid it… and got robbed.

Typically our crews are reporting on these sorts of incidents, but on Friday our own WUSA9 crew’s vehicle was burglarized.

Ironically, the burglary occurred while the crew was working on a story about an app that alerts people of “sketchy” neighborhoods.

The crew had locked their news van on a street in Petworth in Northwest, D.C. while they were out in the neighborhood conducting interviews. When they returned they found the lock had been popped out of the door of their news van, and that the most of the crew’s gear had been stolen.

Among the many stolen articles was the gear of photojournalist James Hash, the backpack of reporter Mola Lenghi, and the purse of intern Taylor Bisciotti.

If only there were some sort of app…. that could help you avoid this kind of situation.

  • Gee

    I guess that SketchFactor app is pretty accurate.

  • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

    How the app worked: it checked the precinct’s voting record in the 2012 Presidential election. If the precinct voted for Obama, obviously the residents are either dangerously stupid or criminally dangerous.

    • Race_Dissident

      It also checks for the presence of an MLK Boulevard. If there is a street in a neighborhood named after that secular Prince of Piece, you’d dam’ well better run for your life.

  • Endeavor

    Reminds me of the recent protests against the ride-sharing app Uber.

    Muzlamic taxi drivers the world over were up in arms that people had been offered an alternative to their fleet of rape-mobiles.

    The Leftovers WANT people to get robbed, raped and knocked-out. Chaos creates the conditions for their end-game.

  • cxt

    You know if you TRIED to make this stuff you could not do so….people would never believe it.

    • Race_Dissident

      Kind of like the Volvo hatchback with the Coexist bumper sticker whose bearded and mephitic driver gets carjacked.

  • Buck Disqus

    ROTFLMFAO!

  • DennisMets

    In the military every time we went to another country the first thing we did was put our warning of where the most dangerous areas were, it is no secret they want people not to avoid the dangerous black areas that are over run with thugs terrorizing innocent store workers and home owners, all because of the welfare hoes breeding like rats overpopulating the cities every were there are blacks you will see these unsafe neighborhoods you dont need an app for that

  • De Doc

    You gotta love when these bozos go out to debunk the premise of the app, only to prove its worthiness to the nth degree. Frankly they are lucky to have not been car jacked.