The BBC headlines and story about the recent car crash where 3 people died and one remains in critical condition makes me sad. I wouldn't normally be a big defender of the police. But we seem to be heading towards more sensationalism, more twisting of the story. Why isn't the story titled "Three die in escape attempt from police"?
Sadly it seems that our news media have learned too much from advertising copywriters. The more sensational the better. The body of the story tells us that the police pulled over a vehicle, the vehicle stopped, then it took off again. From the reported facts so far, the people in the car have no one to blame but themselves for the tragic outcome. But somehow the focus of the headline is on the Police, not the actions of the people in the car?
I'm sad about the loss of life. I'm more sad that somehow the culture is heading towards wanting to blame anyone but themselves for the messes that people get into. It's not the fault of the people who sped away, it's the fault of the police chasing them. It's not the fault of the Northern Rock business model, it's the nasty bankers who wouldn't lend to them any more. It's not the government economic policies, its the nasty short selling investors that cause a run on the pound.