Media frenzy

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith told the Sunday Times she wouldn’t feel safe walking alone at night in her area of London. In the past few hours I have heard this described as:

  1. Correct. It’s a warzone, and here’s an anecdote to prove it.
  2. Incorrect. London’s streets are completely safe, and here’s an anecdote to prove it.
  3. ‘Feeding a culture of fear’.
  4. A major gaffe – what’s the Home Secretary doing admitting that the streets aren’t safe?! (the media might hate ‘spin’, but if you don’t use it you’re apparently a rubbish politician).

How exactly should she have answered that question?