Jan 24, 2014

Media briefs: Tele fear … Totaro takes UK … new Block revealed …

Planet Hillary, scaremongering and more media tidbits.

More Daily Tele scaremongering. As a sidebar to a story about a 17-year-old who was allegedly raped in Strathfield train station, The Daily Telegraph sent journo Jim O’Rourke to ride Sydney trains and drum up some fear among female passengers travelling alone. Under the ludicrous headline “Travelling alone is a dangerous and scary plan”, the story details the reactions of three women whom O’Rourke told about the alleged assault. Two of the three said they had not heard of the case before O’Rourke told them, and after being told all three said they were now frightened …

Daily Telegraph

Let’s put this in perspective. According to a 2011 report by the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, the rate of personal crimes on NSW trains on a typical weekday is about 0.3 incidents per 100,000 journeys. Of these, just 0.6% are sexual assaults. The likelihood of being raped on any given journey is 1.8 in 100 million. As a comparison, the likelihood of being struck by lightning at some point in your life is one in 6250. The odds of being canonised by the Catholic Church are one in 20 million, and the odds of dying in the bath or shower are one in 2232. But the Tele has never let the facts get in the way of a good fear campaign. Cassidy Knowlton

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  1. Alex Cruickshank

    Unfortunately, this presentation by Tracey Spicer is not an original piece of work! Journalist Suzanne Mostyn did exactly this nearly 2 years ago on live television during her segment on Channel 7’s The Morning Show. It was fascinating viewing, so much so, that Suzanne was asked to then write a follow up piece in The Telegraph. Here is the link to her written piece which also shows images from the show:
    As a proud sister, I am disappointed to see Suzanne’s work being copied without acknowledgement.

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