Sometimes it's not enough to simply inform people of what happens in the world -- you have to jazz it up for the fearful and/or easily distracted. For example, Time magazine's online counterpart has recently started framing news events as quirky "how-to" stories like "How to Completely Screw Up a Hit-Man Scam in Five Easy Steps." Just as recently, a man in Detroit managed to catch a child predator by posing as his daughter and inviting the man into his home. The result?
They must have drugged their legal team to get this published.
Notice that this story is in the "crime" section and not, say, "humor," "irony," or "filling the void." That's because the story isn't funny, but rather a handy guide for parental paranoia and vigilantism -- as well as inviting a possible child predator into your home. All framed around one story of it going surprisingly well.
That's the catch here: Each step is coupled with the ridiculously lucky events of the man in Detroit, aka the best possible scenario. This is not unlike using the events of Die Hard as a hostage negotiation training video.
"Practice writing in blood beforehand, and carry an extra sweater in case of typos."