Media making up a problem nothing new

David Lennon writes: Re. "Alcohol and violence: Fairfax's shameless campaign of misrepresentation" (yesterday). Your Fairfax story about alcohol and violence took me back a good 40-plus years to my childhood in NZ, where its version of the Truth paper ran a year-long "birch the bashers" campaign to stamp out assaults ... er, in a time when assaults were also going down.