It is disingenuous to create or reinforce a skewed public perception, and then use that perception to create policy. It's impossible to create good policy from that basis and it is a disservice to the country.
Well, not to thread hijack but do you know a politician that hasn't used a vivid instance, snappy distortion of facts or whatever for their advantage?
I could list dozens from each wing of both parties.
Iraqis with Spray planes full of germs off our coasts vs. Assault Weapons in Mexico.
Since when do our current crop of politicians want to do a service for the country. I'll stop before I name names and get myself in trouble.
The point is that vivid and distorted instances interaction with selection biases of information sources are the game to deal with the public.