SIRC Media Watch Archive
Comment and Opinion – April 2003

Sweet nothing. Many of our regular bulletins focus on news stories that generate unwarranted fears and anxieties. They urge us to believe that the world in which we live is a VERY DANGEROUS PLACE. We should really stay at home – except that is where most ACCIDENTS happen. Our food is full of CHEMICALS – well what else could it be full of? – and eating anything these days is so hazardous that it is probably best just to leave it on the plate – except then we would DIE. And so on … By way of a change then, let's look at the other side of the coin of media distortion – those stories that are so ridiculously Pollyannish that they lead us to believe, falsely, that a major BREAKTHROUGH has been achieved in some medical field, or that MIRACLE CURES are just around the corner. Full story