January 8th, 2007

Arcadia

Bad Media Spin

There has been a lot of sexual assaults on Queensland bike/jogging paths in the last 12 months or so. Something like 35 if I recall the news report correctly.

The situation is considered sufficiently serious that the Queensland Government is offering a reward of $50,000 per conviction. Fair enough, if police efforts (including using volunteer female officers as bait) have hit a wall then this is a legitimate tactic to be using.

What infuriated me about the ACT Channel 10 news report was a comment to the effect that such rewards are unusual except for extremely violent crimes.

Excuse me, which part of 35 sexual assaults being extremely violent crimes didn't you understand?

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