Now don’t get me wrong — street violence is a terrible thing. And legendary footy coach Ron Barassi has to be commended for putting himself at risk on New Year’s Eve to come to the aid of someone being attacked.
The whole thing is symptomatic of some of the worst ills of society.
But really, just how many consecutive days can the Herald Sun milk this thing? Today’s story was on page two, no less.
4/1/2009: Ron to the rescue … again
5/1/2009: Ron Barassi saved my life: Tess Green
So that’s five days so far. Given football legends and street crime are Herald Sun staples, I’m
gbetting they get at least another five.
Mind you, if it results in action to help solve the problem, I suppose it’s worth it.
Looking forward to seeing what day six brings…
Update 7/1/2009 (Day 6): Opinion: Look to New York cop model
Update 8/1/2009 (Day 7): Ron Barassi confident police will track down attack thugs
Update 9/1/2009 (Day 8): A reference only, in a story about another (more serious) attack on NYE: Slashed man was 30 seconds from death. I hope at least as many police resources go into this case than Barassi’s. Breaking news: Ron Barassi’s alleged attackers arrested by police
Update 10/1/2009 (Day 9): Ron Barassi ‘happy’ at arrest of man over St Kilda attack
Update 11/1/2009: Apart from a list of the Herald Sun’s top online stories of the week, no mention. So they got to day 9 before taking a break.
Update 12/1/2009: Editorial: Doyle’s plan to clean up