This may be better suited for another forum, but it's almost kind of related to Morbid's latest thread about the intellectual dishonesty of the media.
So, as I'm sure y'all can imagine, I watch an awful lot of news. It's the morning news for the entire hour before work, and then evening local AND national news after work. In the last couple of days, I've seen blips about the latest completely unfounded national scare: Halloween and sex offenders. It's really ramping up! Some states have even passed laws giving these offenders curfews and mandating that they turn their lights off and post "No Candy At This Residence" signs on their doors. Others are being required to spend the night in JAIL just in case! My immediate thought was, "Great. First razors and poison in candy, and now THIS??? We got a record low turnout of trick-or-treaters last year."
Quite honestly, I was heartbroken. When I was a child, the streets were [b]thick[/i] with trick-or-treaters. Our parents ushered us out of the house in groups or three or four, to fend for ourselves. No one thought twice about it. When I was no longer young enough to engage in that particular event, the stories about tainted candy appeared, slashing the numbers of kids on the street on Halloween. My family lived in a kind of scary-looking house, I guess, in that we had a hedge about 8ft tall all the way around. We went to extremes to lure in the little guys, placing several large pumpkins IN the hedge to advertise. One year, we actually carved the word "candy" into a pumpkin. Still, despite our best efforts, the numbers continued to dwindle.
So after this Halloween/Sex Offenders connection sunk in, I got kind of pissed. The tainted candy turned out to be a myth...And I was SURE that Halloween was no more dangerous for little kids than any other day of the year. The media is actively trying to kill Halloween! Today, I set out to prove it and found this fantastic article on Live Science appropriately titled, Halloween Hysteria: Phantom Fears and Sex Offenders. As I read the article, it substantiated my guess - "In fact, there has not been a single case of any child being molested by a convicted sex offender while trick-or-treating."
This exceptionally rational journalist goes on to illustrate just how ridiculous and transparent these measures are, and that children are generally quite safe on Halloween. You wouldn't know it listening to your local and national news outlets, though.
Do media outlets not care what damage their reckless, sensationalized reporting does? Can you tell me in what areas, if any, senseless media hype has impacted YOUR life?