Saturday, December 01, 2007

Well, which is it, young feller?

Today's quiz: What does "homicide" mean in Fox World?
Homicide Attack Caught On Camera
Homicide Suspects Had Prior Links To Taylor

Silly rabbit! When you kill yourself, it's homicide, but when you kill somebody else, it's ... uh, can we take that from the top again?

Actually, if we were in the market around here for something of theoretical interest in the Fox report, it'd be the sheer amount of random episodic mayhem directed at children:

Woman Stabs Autistic Nephew In His Eyes, Then Herself*
Wisconsin Toddler, 1, Left In Day Care Van Overnight
Cops: Parents Duct-Taped Kids, Then Left Them Outside
Mom: Phone Recording Proves Teacher Spanked Son

(New Hershey Candy Leaves Sour Taste In Cops' Mouth isn't "random violence against kids" under a strict reading, though it's pretty close to the old LSD-in-the-Pixy-Stix myth)

See why "we need to get tougher on crime" is such a successful theme in some circles? Whatever we're doing, it's obviously not enough.

*We're still ciphering on this one: Woman stabs nephew in herself?


Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Fear plays big in Fox land. No wonder they call their producers "predators".

7:41 PM, December 01, 2007  
Blogger fev said...

I completely can't figure out the "producer" thing. For a good time, search the Fox site for "predator" and ponder why somebody figured out that would be the sort of thing you'd want to call yourself around the office.

7:59 PM, December 01, 2007  
Blogger Denise said...

Fred, as I said on Ridger's site, it couldn't possibly be "producer + editor = predator?" It's stupid, but so is "reefer" and saying something is TK when you mean it's To Come. *shrug*

12:17 PM, December 05, 2007  
Blogger fev said...

I think that's a perfectly plausible explanation, and in a lot of shops I doubt it'd raise an eyebrow any more than 'reefer'. It's just that "random violence against children" and "adults preying on children" are so huge a part of the Fox daily diet that "predator" seems really strikingly out of tune over there -- like creating a set of producers called "Osamas."

9:58 PM, December 05, 2007  

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