Archive | Media Madness

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading
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 […]

Continue Reading
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: […]

Continue Reading
Toke or treat!

Mary Jane in Mary Janes?

Readers — I’m not just writing this post because I desperately wanted to use that headline. I’m writing because at the end of this news segment about testing for pot in candy using a handy-dandy new THC detector, the anchor utters those classic words, “Isn’t it too bad Halloween has come down to this?” Down […]

Continue Reading
TWO abduction attempts in ONE WEEK? Children are NEVER SAFE!

Two Abduction Attempts Reported in One Week

Readers — This note from the commenter CoasterFreak reminds me of a fantastic Bloom County comic by Berkeley Breathed reprinted in the Joel Best book I am devouring: “Threatened Children: Rhetoric and Concern About Child-Victims.” (It’s all about how predator panic began and spread.) Anyway, the comic, from Nov. 21, 1987 (if anyone can figure out how to […]

Continue Reading