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Those poor kids had to eat cookies and milk!

Even NPR Can’t Resist the “Kids in Danger!” Script

Readers tfidsnizab — Remember, even a feel-good story could always use a frisson of fear! Marie, author of the blog HandbasketNotes, explains: Dear Free-Range Kids: I heard a story on NPR tonight about how kids spent the night at school during the recent Atlanta snow and ice storm and I thought of you. Audie Cornish interviews a […]

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How to Turn One Sad Story into an Epidemic

Readers bbrzkfbsdn — Canada’s “Contrarian” explains how the media work (and even how upset parents sometimes behave). Read the whole piece here.-  L Fear-mongering as news: turning sad stories into bogus trends (1)  A teenage girl becomes involved in sexual activity that most grownups, regardless of their own sexual behaviour as teens, find shocking and […]

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