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 most trenchant points ended up on the cutting room floor, including the fact that this stranger-with-a-puppy-AND-a-camera-crew scenario almost never happens, and that if you really want to warn parents about a common danger they’re unaware of, make a creepy video of mom or dad driving their kidsto soccer practice.
I was also kinda sickened by the scary music, and the hoary trope of the empty swing. If I were a swing, I’d file a class action suit against the media for defamation of character. Or maybe I’d get some fellow swings together and we’d protest in front of a newspaper or TV station, carrying signs like: “Just because I’m empty doesn’t mean a child was snatched off of me.” “Swings Aren’t Scary” and “I’m Empty Because of YOU!”