How I became a Police Abolitionist
The problem isn't just that the Atlantic posts divisive FakeNews that undermines our social cohesiveness, it's that when caught in it, they don't correct it and fire everyone involved. The Atlantic fires some of the best journalists if they happen to have once written a pro-life opinion piece... but someone caught red-handed writing pieces of unverifiable fiction that claims the police murder innocents with impunity, like this article by Derecka Purnell? And the Atlantic refuses to respond to evidence showing how negligent they were in fact checking, and how dishonest this article's premise is, because that's what The Atlantic has become.
“How I Became a Police Abolitionist" is an example of the worst form of red journalism. It describes how social justice activist and lawyer Derecka Purnell watched a police officer shoot a young boy in a city recreation center because he had ignored the basketball sign-in sheet. The only problem is according to all evidence (newspaper archives, police department records, and questions to The Atlantic, the police union, and the office of the mayor), it appears to have never happened. It is certainly the first mention of the incident in any publicly available record that The Federalist could find.
No other outlet had the journalistic integrity to even try to investigate The Atlantic / Purnell's fantabulous claims... and come on, in 2001-2003 (during the Bush administration) a shooting like this would have garnered local and national attention. Much of the rest of the description of the neighborhood seems more than a little overstated. But it fits their anti-American narrative, so they ran it without a cursory glance at the credibility of the story or the author... and when questioned, instead of doing the jouranlistic thing of checking the facts -- they instead obstruct and circle the wagons.