Shoot the Messenger, not the Lawnmower

By Douglas Karr
Guest Blogger

We’ve known that modern media has been struggling for a while, but it appears that they’ve finally jumped the shark. In its infinite wisdom, the BBC, an international powerhouse of media, hubris, and intelligence, has decided to fulfill its public charter with the following story:

A drunk man in Wisconsin was arrested after he shot his lawnmower with a sawed off shotgun.

In the event you’ve not read the public charter, here are the goals of the British Broadcasting System:

  • Sustaining citizenship and civil society
  • Promoting education and learning
  • Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence
  • Representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities
  • Bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK
  • Delivering to the public the benefit of emerging communications technologies and services

In reviewing the story, it’s no wonder that this story was positioned on the home page. This incredible piece of journalistic pride appears to fulfill all its cultural and educational goals – providing the following investigative journalism:

Congratulations to the BBC, and its leadership, on digging deep to provide the world with this cultural beacon of a story. No doubt we’re all a little better off today than we were yesterday. Some lessons:

  • Shooting your equipment may void its warranty
  • Shooting your equipment may make it difficult to repair
  • Americans, especially Wisconsinites, like their booze and their shotguns.

God bless America. God bless the Queen.

7 Responses to Shoot the Messenger, not the Lawnmower

  1. I love that in an article chastising the BBC for its journalistic standards the writer confuses "it's" and "its". I know it's an innocent typo, but it's funny in its current context.

  2. C'mon guys, I thought only Bill Clinton worried about what It's is its, (or was it 'is'…anyway, you get the point)

    The article was plainly written to illustrate a less than flattering redneckish quality in Americana. I am sure that had they looked hard enough, they would have found someone in the U.K. who had done something equally stupid as the drunken Wisconsonite.

    At least they would have partially acheived their stated mission, (1. Representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities, and 2. Bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK).

    I personally think the article was written to make people read it and think that America was full of morons. I see the same sort of thing when I am watching BBC America and I see a British host kind of tip his head at an angle and shake it while frowning and saying "Americans…"

    I have been seeing this sort of thing more and more in the non-American English speaking world.

    We're not ALL like that, really…I promise.

    Just my $00.02


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