In this case, the narrative was "Hate crimes increase".Every November, the FBI releases its hate-crime statistics for the previous year. They've been doing this every year for a long time. When they do so, various news organizations grab the data and write a quick story around it.By "story" I mean a story. Raw numbers don't interest people, so the writer instead has to wrap it in a narrative that does interest people. That's what the writer has done in the above story, leading with the fact that hate crimes have increased.But is this increase meaningful? What do the numbers actually say?To answer this, I went to the FBI's website, the source of this data, and grabbed the numbers for the last 20 years, and graphed them in Excel, producing the following graph:As you can see, there is no significant rise in hate-crimes. Indeed, the latest numbers are about 20% below the average for the last two decades, despite a tiny increase in the last couple years. Statistically/scientifically, there is no change, but you'll never read that in a news article, because it's boring and readers won't pay attention. You'll only get a "news story" that weaves a narrative that interests the reader.
Really, the only thing to add to this analysis is that certain narratives are more pleasing to the progressives that populate the News Room than others. Those pleasing narratives will get pushed to the front page, while less pleasing narratives will get "fact checked" to death.
As Mark Twain said, if you don't read the newspaper you're uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you're misinformed.