Over in the Trailspace Blog, Alicia references a great discussion that comes as a podcast on the media's role in scaring people out of the outdoors. The blog itself is called "Wildebeat", and the two parts are at: http://www.wildebeat.net/audio/WildeBeat-E127-extended.mp3
The discussion is well-balanced and emphasizes some of the things some of us have been saying here on Trailspace in response to posts about worries in getting outdoors (dangerous people, dangerous bears, dangerous killer rabbits, "how dare you risk your life climbing when you have a family of small kids", "Everest Beyond The Limit really tells it like it is!", ...).
One thing the MC didn't point out, though, is that the actual risks in the wilderness are less than the risks involved in the driving to and from and other "everyday" risks that people accept. But, his podcast is aimed at the outdoors, so fair enough.