Don’t let reality get in the way of a good moral panic

Web From the Bristol Evening Post’s website. Yet another story buried away inside the paper reporting falling crime. The story’s headlined ‘Police figures show 50% drop in teenage knife and gun crime’ and reports on the fall in youth violence over the past four years. This is the latest set of figures to suggest that the current moral panic over youth crime is being whipped up by the media and politicians based on myths and lies.

But the media, despite sometimes reporting the figures and the reality of falling crime, won’t let reality get in the way of their moral panic.

The two readers’ polls (circled above) put these balanced questions to Post readers:

-Do we need tougher laws to deter knife crime?

-With an increase in thuggish behaviour blighting Bristol’s streets should the government be doing more to tackle ASBO culture?


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5 Responses to “Don’t let reality get in the way of a good moral panic”

  1. BristleKRS Says:

    Lulz 😀

    Nice (and timely!) blog, btw; only just spotted it.

    Cheers for the blogroll mensh, I shall reciprocate next time I update 🙂

    PS It’s BristleKRS not BristolKRS 😉

    PPS That poster photo looks familiar…

  2. eveningpostwatch Says:

    Cheerz KRS.

    Ah, thats where i nicked the photo from. Thought i just pulled it off Google images ages ago. I’ll stich a pic credit up. Nice one.

  3. thebristolblogger Says:

    I like this blog a lot. I’ll be plugging you soon.

  4. Spectator Says:

    Evening Post watch – NICE ONE!

    You’ve set yourselves quite a job though… maybe you’d find it easier to report when they’re not up to something iffy?

  5. Crash Says:

    Excellent blog. BTW this from the same day’s paper:
    Letters page: ‘Gun and knife crime has spiralled out of control” – Colin Ackerman, by email

    Other top stories in your Post on September 11:
    …”the recruitment fair is sponsored and organised by the Evening Post”

    “Joy Etheridge, 41, a nurse, says the sycamore, planted in a lane owned by Bristol City Council at the bottom of her garden, sheds its leaves every autumn and causes problems for her house and garden…YOUR SAY ONLINE: What do you think? Click on the ‘Your Say’ tab at

    etc, etc…

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