NBC breathlessly reports...needles and feces in San Francisco's Tenderloin, as news

In something dubbed "investigative" reporting, NBC would have us know that San Francisco's Tenderloin district is a pigpen, filled to the brim with junkie needles and human excrement. The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of downtown San Francisco in search of trash, needles, and feces.  The investigation revealed trash littered across every block.  The survey also found 41 blocks dotted with needles and 96 blocks sullied with piles of feces. File under non-news, unless you like minutia.  You wonder how much time they invested on the story for being able to tell us that.  As if it were something new. Anyone who has lived for any time in San Francisco knows that's the place you stay out of.  I lived there, on and off, for 14 years, having been a student there in the 1980s and 1990s and forced to take the city's public transportation, which goes right through that...(Read Full Post)