Up early this morning, feeding Bella, my mother-in-law had the tv on while she was getting ready to go to work. The morning news show had one of those typical stories they use to fill in on a slow news day. They went around to a bunch of hotels and requested a crib and then critiqued the cribs they got. There were some really bad ones: nails poking out, ripped mattress covers, bottoms that fell out, broken hinges, adult bed sheets instead of fitted crib sheets, a porta-crib that had been recalled sometime in the 90s.
But my question was this: how often do they receive requests for these cribs from guests? My guess is not very often. All the parents I know travel with their own play yards or portacribs. So are these cribs in such poor shape simply because they are not really needed? Why can’t reporters ask these questions? Maybe because the answer would point up that the story isn’t really news at all. My guess is that no children are being endangered by these shoddy cribs because no parents are using them. But I’ll never know because the reporters aren’t interested in telling the whole story, only in scare tactics meant to alarm and upset.
This is why I don’t watch tv news.