August 10, 2014 12:00 pm -

Someone over at WUSA TV, Washington D. C., thought it would be a good idea to send a news van and crew around the city to test out a new iPhone App which claims to identify sketchy neighborhoods. So reporter Mola Lehghi dutifully drove with his team to the N.W. part of the city and went to work.

After being assured by local residents that Petworth was a good, quiet neighborhood, they returned to find their van had been ransacked. The reporter and crew were uninjured and thanks to the “Find My iPhone” app on the one devise not taken, they were eventually able to recover most of their gear.

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.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

59 responses to TV Crew Tests App Identifying ‘Sketchy’ Neighborhoods And Is Promptly Robbed

  1. ChrisVosburg August 10th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    assured by local residents that Petworth was a good, quiet neighborhood

    It’s never your own neighborhood, is it, it’s the next one over that’s the tough one.

    I repaired computers for a while in the eighties out of my bungalow court apartment at Beverly and Vermont, and got a call from a guy from South Central, who was hesitant to bring his computer in that evening, ’cause he felt “that’s kind of a rough area at night,” hee hee.

    • mcalleyboy August 10th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Petworth is predominantly what race? Just curious, testing out my many theories, Liberals really don’t like this but I feel the need to know.

      • burqa August 10th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

        With D.C. being 50% white, it’s anyone’s guess.
        If it’s that important, try the U.S. Census Bureau.

        That said, please expound on your theory that appears to be that certain behavior is determined by skin color.

        • mcalleyboy August 10th, 2014 at 9:05 pm

          I live in S.E. God yes they are thieves.

      • majii August 10th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

        Race is not a definitive factor in determining whether one is a thief/thug or not. Anyone who thinks so is basing that thinking on stereotypes and is engaging in scapegoating. Some people in all racial groups steal–white, black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, etc. Even though primarily white males associated with Wall Street tanked the economy in 2008, as a Black American, I’m not stupid enough to think that every white person in America helped them because I don’t view races of people as monolithic, and I refrain from stereotyping and scapegoating. If a single member of a racial group is a thief/thug, it doesn’t mean that they all are thieves/thugs.

        • mea_mark August 10th, 2014 at 10:05 pm

          Really, someone thinks this comment should be flagged. Please, spare me. Flag inappropriate comments not comments you simply don’t like.

          • mcalleyboy August 11th, 2014 at 2:41 am

            What are you talking about… I have never flagged anyone on any comment board, I’m used to criticism I also enjoy a health discussion there’s two sides to every story, I don’t take things personal and will agree when I’m called wrong, I don’t push a one-way thought.

        • Triarius August 10th, 2014 at 11:34 pm

          It’s good enough for most and I used to live in DC. Name the all white neighborhood that is a crime riddled crap hole, or the all black one that isn’t. And btw, those bankers in NYC are Jewish and if you call them white to their face they will spit or punch you. They do not consider themself gentile.

          • August 12th, 2014 at 10:49 am

            WOW! Racist much?

          • SilentPride August 12th, 2014 at 8:30 pm


            Oh wait….you can’t….why is he racist….because he is likely White….right….yeah….who’s the racist again?

          • August 13th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

            Calling out someone who is racist doesn’t make me racist. I’ll bet you this person is white.

          • SilentPride August 13th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

            Ok let’s assume you are right. Calling out someone who is racist doesn’t make you a racist…ok you are right… betting that i am White makes you one though you derderder =)

            Anyways prove him wrong. you can’t. ALSO i apologize for the White race! Sorry we keep our communities nice. Are you better now? Am i ok now?
            I could care less about being called a racist by the way. Everything is racist now so who cares. You shouldn’t care either. What you should care about is me callin’ you a derderder for explaining why your not a racist just to bet that i am White(because all Whites are racist right?) lol
            Anyways have a beautiful day!

          • Anomaly 100 August 14th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

            Have a great night in your all white neighborhood and I’ll enjoy my black neighborhood filled with the most amazing neighbors I’ve ever had in my life.

            You’re done here.

          • Anomaly 100 August 14th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

            You’re on a very fine line right now. Watch your comments and respect our readers please.

        • mcalleyboy August 11th, 2014 at 2:36 am

          Great point on white collar crime.

        • Mike D. August 12th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

          wow, you are such a good goyim anti-white warrior. “scapegoating” is Freudian “projection”. The Frankfurt School intellectuals used “projection” as a weapon against the white race to prevent it from having ethnic interests it was defending. There are many other intellectual frameworks to describe why population groups battle and it isn’t all Freud, the alternatives have been suppressed by the anti-white establishment, namely evolutionary psychology. And yes, it proven by Lynn and Rushton and many other researchers that Blacks have lower IQs because of DNA. Rushton’s 2005 metaanalytic paper using a roundup of many studies should conclusively that IQ is 80% heritable. Black mean brain size is also about 80cc smaller.

          • Anomaly 100 August 14th, 2014 at 10:01 pm

            I really think you need to calm down or your comments will be deleted and you’ll be banned.

            Have a nice night.

        • SilentPride August 12th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

          Uhhhh the country crashed in 2008 because the government forced banks to give minorities sub prime loans. Another words people that didn’t qualify for loans to obtain houses received them solely due to there dark skin color. So many couldn’t pay there mortgages our country crashed. Go read or something and stop spewing your anti-white hate. W/o White people there wouldn’t be an economy to crash.

          • Carla Akins August 13th, 2014 at 5:11 am

            Sub-prime loans were made to poor people already over-extended and without resources and money management skills needed to handle the debt. Its a banking process called reverse-redlining. A disproportionate amount of the poor are minorities, thus more of these failed – its simple numbers the only reason race is addressed is that there are simply more poor minorities. The odds are stacked deeper against those in poverty, if you can’t see this and blame it on the color of one’s skin, it makes you a racist.

          • SilentPride August 13th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

            I like the fancy talk. You ruined it when you said there were more poor minorities =( Most of the poor people in this country are White. Sorry for the douchey attitude but i hate how White people are portrayed in the media. The odds are stacked against poor people i agree. The thing is when most poor people are White why don’t they get any special help like all minorities? If your colored you WILL go to college if you want to grades don’t matter. Tens of millions of poor White kids never get to go because they have average grades. This is 1 example out of probably 10,000 things poor Whites must put up with all while being called evil racists and privileged.

          • SilentPride August 13th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

            As a matter of fact the 3 million tech jobs this country can’t fill is directly the result of poor White kids with average grades not being allowed in colleges. I hope we can both agree that all kids should have a chance at college if they want…White or black…
            As a moderator you must have noticed how angry Whites are getting compared to just a few years ago. We have the right to be angry. We can’t express our opinions or risk losing our job or worst. We are legally and openly discriminated against in the media. I can turn on my tv right now and find a comedian or a show making fun of White people. It just goes on and on and on and on.

          • Carla Akins August 13th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

            Changes in this country to more adequately follow the “all created equal” part of the Constitution clearly bothers you. Good people, moral people understand this must happen for the good of all.
            White people are not at a disadvantage, not ever in our history and certainly still not to this day.
            A simple stroke of luck allowing you to be born white – is just that, luck. Starting on third base is a huge advantage, your efforts of subjugating others to allow yourself a bigger lead is disgusting. You did nothing to deserve this advantage and your attitude and comments on this subject make you a small, depthless and petty individual. It must be awful to be so fearful and angry that you have to assign blame to those unlike you without cause or reason.

          • SilentPride August 14th, 2014 at 9:55 pm

            My ancestors have bleed and died to make this society what it once was. My “luck” has everything to do with there hard work and deaths. The same for you. To leisurely toss aside everything our ancestors have done before us would be more of a sign of pettiness than me speaking out for the one race that gets absolutely no help and is legally discriminated against.
            If what you say is true you better never thank your mother or father for there hard work to raise you and give you a better life. There parents and grandparents did the same thing! Stop saying White people are privileged we EARNED our place in the world and we need help to AS A RACE just like minorities.

            Also your liberal tactic of ignoring everything i said due to your agreement with me made me smile. Name calling is all you people have and people are catching on. Have a day =)

          • mea_mark August 13th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

            There is no discrimination keeping people out of college in general. If you are poor you simply have to go to a school that cost less or work for a scholarship that is available to all. If you are angry about how things appear to be to you, I suggest you do more research on what it is that is actually causing the problem and not rely on what the media tells you. Then become an educated political activist.

          • SilentPride August 14th, 2014 at 9:50 pm

            The discrimination being POOR Whites MUST work to attend college IF THEY ARE ACCEPTED. Minorities have special colored only colleges that will accept them for free and with low grades.

          • Carla Akins August 13th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

            No, not when you are talking the sub-prime market. Do you just make stuff up or do you read any factual information?

          • mea_mark August 13th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

            Ask yourself why so many people in Kentucky get special help when they are predominantly fair-skinned? You are spewing BS. Your racism is showing big time too and is going to get you banned very quickly. I suggest you do some more research before commenting and your facts straight.

          • mea_mark August 13th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

            Banks were not forced to give sub-prime loans to anyone. They were made available to all. Unscrupulous mortgage officers made bad decisions in offering sub-prime loans to people who could not afford them and took the commission check from making the loan, cashed it, then sold the loans, bundled with good ones to other financial institutions. It was laws passed under Bush that allowed this questionable activity to take place. In Short, Bush with his piss poor decision making skills and corrupt financial advisers caused the crash. Our biggest problem with the economy today is the very rich elitist taking money out of the economy, the oligarchy who are mostly fair skinned. Again, in short, the rich fair skinned crashed the economy.

      • mea_mark August 10th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

        I hope you are not flagging people just because you disagree with them.

        • mcalleyboy August 11th, 2014 at 2:42 am

          Your the moderator? Shouldn’t you have stats on who flags who, without a doubt it’s not me.

          • mea_mark August 11th, 2014 at 8:26 am

            No I don’t have access to those stats, but the flag came up right after a reply was left to you. Just coincidence I suppose.

          • mcalleyboy August 11th, 2014 at 11:54 pm

            Understand…I’ve typed in comments on several hot board items such as this one only to find out 145 more comments had been posted, so many people. I’m 52 years old and not into silly games, only thing i’m surprised at is that I haven’t been flagged…lol.

          • mea_mark August 12th, 2014 at 10:01 am

            Just an FYI, you have been flagged 397 times.

          • mcalleyboy August 12th, 2014 at 9:33 pm

            Well your probably the best if not the most dedicated Moderator I’ve ever talked with. Isn’t that completely insane how people try to shut down others with a differing or open opinion, they don’t want to hear anything contrary to their belief’s, I prefer a more balanced and open debate so that does requires both sides of the story, trouble is the police are always slow to come out with what happened, I guess due to violence in the streets, law suits and lost pensions.

      • August 12th, 2014 at 10:48 am


        • mcalleyboy August 12th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

          Example, crime committed against same race in the same area, it hasn’t made the news, police officer same race it won’t make the news the community will come out of their apartments and questions will be mute, they will just observe another day of police work.

      • SilentPride August 12th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

        Don’t beat around the bush or feel bad mcalleyboy. Every single poster here knows the place was a black community. It is what it is. Not talking about black crime is hurting black people. Grow a pair people! Whites can have opinions and talk about minority problems!

        • SilentPride August 12th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

          By the way in an age where Thomas the train and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are racist is it really that bad to be called one? EVERYTHING IS RACIST NOWADAYS SO SPEAK UP AND SAVE OUR COUNTRY!

          • mea_mark August 13th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

            Everything is not racist. Your view of the world may be, but that your view because of how you choose to perceive it. Racism exists and will not go away until all people quit dwelling on it so much. So don’t dwell on it so much if you want it to go away. It is time to use some common sense and start with your attitude.

          • SilentPride August 14th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

            Sorry but i am tired of being on the defensive. Whenever something is debated on Whites are instantly accused of racism and they feel the need to defend themselves against the label and never get to debate there side of the original topic.
            These are facts and we all know if Whites say or do the wrong thing and are labeled “racists” they lose everything they have worked for.
            This needs to end. Also look up how many things have been accused of being racist and you will learn basically everything has been accused of being racist at one point.
            Anyways i will be purchasing this app so i can enjoy nice, clean White neighborhoods. If it’s free ill donate to keep my people safe. Thanks for the article and endorsing this APP. Have a nice day!

          • Anomaly 100 August 13th, 2014 at 8:21 pm

            You’re upvoting your own comments, so we all know that you need to feel accepted.

            Protip: You won’t be here with your attitude.

            PS: Your caps lock is stuck.

          • SilentPride August 14th, 2014 at 9:42 pm

            I will continue to up vote every comment that showcases White causes including my own. Whites are being systematically assaulted by our govt, media and liberals. Politicians are starting to openly campaign on these issues so obviously i am not alone.
            My cap locks ARE NOT stuck i use CAPS to EMPHASIZE my points. What’s wrong with my attitude? I dare have the audacity to point out Whites are labeled racists if there opinions are frowned upon? Sorry but this is America and ill say what i want when i want it doesn’t matter if im White or black.

          • Anomaly 100 August 14th, 2014 at 10:08 pm

            You will do no such thing because you’re banned.


        • mea_mark August 13th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

          Growing a pair is not nearly as important as being correctly informed. Getting your facts straight and right is far more important. Fill you head with good info and forget about having bigger cahones.

  2. fancypants August 10th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    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.
    the next story should be Identity theft ?

  3. اجهاض الحمل August 10th, 2014 at 8:22 pm

  4. اجهاض الحمل August 10th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

  5. burqa August 10th, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    OP: “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.”

    Interestingly, the sketchy thieves in the sketchy neighborhood left the reporters’ sketch pads alone.

  6. August 12th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Even the App thinks this is fucked up!!!

  7. Carla Akins August 13th, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Correlation is not causation and yes your comments absolutely reveal your racism.

    • Triarius August 13th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      The only difference is this not correlation it IS causation. Blacks CAUSE more crimes through direct action, not social osmosis. Apparently you need to take a look at the FBI crime statistics.

      And this is not just the U.S. but anywhere there are black communities such as Toronto, Malmo, Paris, Chocolate City, China. It is UNIVERSAL. Nice try though.

      • Carla Akins August 14th, 2014 at 4:49 am

        Poverty causes more crimes – more people of color tend to live in poverty. Statistics can be manipulated into whatever you wish to see, you have to be able to see the larger picture. If you cannot see how we as a culture got to this place, how young black men are targeted by law enforcement and others of color automatically start at a disadvantage – you too are part of the problem.

        • SilentPride August 14th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

          Most poor people are White in this country. I should stop there because we both know you know that fact yet still regurgitate the ol’ minorities are poor bit to win a debate. Hey i admire your debating skills i honestly do but my people are being systematically eliminated from this world so i need to be mean and tell truths. FBI crime statistics are proof =)
          Anyways around 30% of the world population in 1900 was White now we are down to 9%. I guess loving my race-my children and wanting them to exist is racist right? If the answer is yes then i gladly accept the label. Have a nice day.

    • Anomaly 100 August 14th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      He’s done here.

  8. August 13th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Only bad things happen in mostly black areas? Have you ever been to Queens?

    • Triarius August 13th, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      I said name me the all white city that is a crime-ridden crap hole, like Detroit. Or an all black city that isn’t like Detroit, you still have yet to do so. Your reading comprehension is as lacking as your facts.

      • August 14th, 2014 at 10:59 am

        Buffalo, Kanas City, Nashville, Indianapolis, Tulsa, Toledo, Minneapolis, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Louisville and many cities in Poland and Russia. All have a high crime rate due to the white population. Now, do any of these cities look like Detroit? No, but name a city, any city that does.

      • Anomaly 100 August 14th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

        I live in a predominately black neighborhood and you’re a liar.

  9. Anomaly 100 August 14th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    You’re done here.