I've finally seen some pushback against the New York Times article "Murder Rates Rising Sharply in Many U.S. Cities." (Previous post on this here.)
Based on a larger sample of cities, FiveThirtyEight concludes that "Scare Headlines Exaggerated the U.S. Crime Wave."
(However, they compiled the same kind of one-year data the Times showed....)
Wonkblog also pushed back on the Times's overall thesis. And to Wonkblog's credit, when they dug deeper and argued that murder rates are indeed spiking in Baltimore, St. Louis, and Milwaukee, they didn't base their reasoning on one-year data; instead they did the necessary legwork to compile a historical trend:
At a glance, the bumps for these three cities appear significant.
The Wonkblog article also includes other interesting plots along with discussion and interviews with experts.