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.