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Swing #1: "Boy am I tired of representing a missing child." Swing #2: "Tell me about it."

Puppies, Predators, Parks, Paranoia, The BBC…and Me

  . Let’s hear it for the reporter in this BBC report on the Joey Salads puppy/park/predator video. She takes him to task for pulling the “700 children are abducted a day” factoid out of his fannypack. (Or, worse, randomly off the Internet.) What I do not love is that, of course, many of my […]

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Teaching your kids not to trust anyone but you isn't fair or wise.

“Teaching Children ‘Stranger Danger’ Is Terrible” – Missing Child Organization, Belgium

From Belgium comes this encouraging note: Dear Free-Range Kids: Have you seen this [Joey Salads’ puppy/park/predator] video circulating on the internet which warns parents about child abduction? It’s going viral right now. Good news, the Belgian public organization (called Child Focus) that helps families whose child has been lost of kidnapped, has taken a stance against […]

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Allow me to create a nightmare in your mind. (And then I'll lick you.)

UPDATE: “Over 700 Children are Abducted a Day” Says Viral Video

. This pseudo-helpful video, posted Saturday, is viral in every sense of the word. It already has nearly a million views,  which means that people are sharing it like crazy, convinced that its creator, Joey Salads, is doing something other than creating terror, angst and hate with his Stranger Danger “social experiment.” But he’s not. As […]

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Not all dots pose a threat to kids.

My Interview in Salon about Sex Offenders & Child Safety

This past Sunday I held a “Sex Offender Brunch.” Doesn’t everyone? A few days later a reporter from Salon called me up to ask about it. So here’s an excerpt from what I told her. And here’s my piece in the NY Daily News also about the brunch. (This story is lasting as long as […]

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Weekend Viewing: Nancy Grace, Casey Anthony, Aaron Sorkin and Us

Readers — This is a clip from HBO’s The Newsroom, about a news team deciding if and how to obsess about the Casey Anthony case. Of course it’s fiction, but boy — writer Sorkin really understands how TV works. (He should!) The part where the expert in the news meeting breaks down a few minutes of […]

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CNN defends new slogan, "Holy Crap, We're All Gonna Die." (Borowitz Report)

CNN Deciding What To Scare Viewers About Next: The Onion

Today, let us give thanks for The Onion and pieces like — CNN Holds Morning Meeting To Decide What Viewers Should Panic About For Rest Of Day ATLANTA—Kicking around ideas ranging from an uptick in child kidnappings to a new link between laptops and cancer, senior CNN staffers held their regular daily meeting this morning […]

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Open your eyes, America!

Crime Down, Fear Up

Americans remain confused about reality. As Vox reports: Nearly two-thirds of Americans think violent crime increased over the past year, even though violent crime has been on a general decline for two decades, according to a new Gallup survey. The survey teases out different mini-trends, but in the end Gallup concludes on its own site: […]

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