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Baby Gabriel Distortion

The lamestream media told you:

Baby Gabriel has dominated nightly news for weeks, the poor sweet innocent thing, this could happen to you if you're not careful. Be afraid.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

If the media was doing its job you'd know that more than 100,000 people are officially on the missing persons list. More than 800,000 are added every year, most of which are false and removed. By focusing on a single case the "news" does a disservice to the entire country, making an isolated incident seem meaningful, and hiding the true dangers of incessant kidnappings, abductions, runaways, rubouts and unexplained disappearances.

Try to imagine thousands of parents, spouses, siblings and friends, desperate over the mysterious loss of their loved ones, while watching the media fawn and anguish and completely ignore any of their real ongoing concerns.

Government records show: As of December 31, 2007, there were 105,229 active missing person records in NCIC database. Juveniles under the age of 18 accounted for 54,648 (51.93%) of the records, and 12,362 (11.75%) were for juveniles between the ages of 18 and 20.

During 2007, 814,967 missing person records were entered into NCIC, a slight decrease from 2006. Missing person records cleared or canceled during the same period totaled 820,212, for a net loss. [Note: Can you imagine the work and tax money needed to enter all the records, most of which turn out to be bogus?]

Reasons for removals include: the subject was located by a law-enforcement agency; the individual returned home; or the record had to be removed by the entering agency after determining it was invalid.

In 2007, there were 518 records entered as Abducted by a Stranger; 2,919 entered as Abducted by Non-Custodial Parent; and 299,787 entered as Runaway. This only accounts for 303,224 entries of the 418,967 entered. If this was covered by the media, they'd have no space for anything else.

One child incessantly on TV vs. hundreds of thousands reported missing, many of whom are never seen again. The media that considers its coverage of this subject ethical should turn up missing.



The justification, of course, is going to be that "Baby Gabriel" represents the hundreds of thousands of missing. The fact is that statistics don't grab people's attention. Which is a poor justification for journalism, but works great as a justification for entertainment.

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