Saturday, March 21, 2009

RTFS: It's the thought that counts

The curse of letting the facts get in the way of a good story! Alas for Fox, the "killer chimp" didn't (so far) actually kill anybody, which is generally considered sort of a prerequisite for being a "killer chimp."* But that's what elevates it from a bit of garden-variety editing incompetence into something worth talking about -- the touch of Fox ideology that, however briefly, let KILLER CHIMP stalk the wilds of Connecticut.

Ideology isn't always about Democrats and Republicans; more often, it's about the way the world ought to be -- or at least, the way the world ought to look. And in Fox World, killer chimps and incest dads are all stalking the streets with the mysterious "Josh," who might be Little Caylee's father (if what Casey told Melina is true). It's a pretty scary place. Too bad we've voted out all the people who could save us now!

* On the bright side (if you're a Fox editor, at least), chimps don't usually have a very good handle on libel law.

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3 Comments:

Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

My first thought was that this unpacked to "A biologist warned the killer that the chimp was dangerous".

8:36 AM, March 22, 2009  
Blogger fev said...

Nice reading! Pls proceed to today's example, which is almost as much fun to unpack if a little grammatically different.

10:19 PM, March 22, 2009  
Blogger John Cowan said...

Yet another reading: "A biologist was warned that the killer chimp was dangerous".

7:23 PM, June 08, 2009  

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