To news-watching Correntians in swing states -- a favor?
... could any of y'all outside Colorado document here any hype you see about recent child abductions, after the party conventions?
I know I'm being too cynical by half, but the hype about a child's abduction (and, sadly, murder) has dominated news coverage out here since the first presidential debate, and now there's a second attempted abduction to cover, along with the memoral vigils for the deceased child. That means newscasts are mostly about threatened kids and campaign ads -- and they need the abduction hype to keep viewers from turning away from the ads.
(And no, I haven't gone around the bend -- Joe Miklosi's being attacked for voting down a variant of Jessica's Law, even though he voted for the final version of the bill -- child predation's on the attack ad menu.)
I am not a parent, so tell me how this hype actually keeps kids sane and safe?
However, i am a voter, and I'm suspicious of newsroom decisions that crowd out all the news other than the presidential election, especially with local races all but abandoned journalistically.
Just wondering how these rituals -- strangers wearing purple, letting go of balloons -- rituals Coloradans are becoming most practiced as enacting -- are helping us as an electorate that still might the power to fight these horrors through government measures other than the panopticon. Sheesh, even with my limited Criminal Minds and L&O training, the sponsoring of tip lines by local channels use more police resources than they're worth in producing usable leads, and Amber Alert propagation is the most effective tool in getting children get home. Anything else is corporately-profitable speculation and rumor that eventually assists predators to escape capture, through showing them what the police know, and what they don't.
I truly wish people didn't get kidnapped, assaulted and killed. But I also hate the clockworks that ensure local news agencies profit from it, to the exclusion of damn near everything else.