Flaw, you live in Canada, our media is tame compared to our American neighbors to the south, don't believ me? Turn on CTV Headline News (Canada's 24 hour news station) then turn on CNN, you'll see the difference right away. Although I do have to give something to you, Winnipeg does have the highest murder rate in North America (# of murders vs. population size), so the head lines in the 'peg can be a bit scary (I lived there for a couple years, Graduated high school there).
I personally read the Calgary Sun at work everyday, and I always take news media with a grain of salt. I'd rather be informed and scared then be scared and ignorant.