September 04, 2004

On the rare occasion when I'm wrong, I DO own up to it...

After several e-mails (and a phone call or three) from folks telling me how stupid and gullible I am, I've gotta come clean.

The London News Review (originator of the "Zell Miller's gonna burn in Hell" piece Thursday) is a satirical newspaper not unlike The Onion.

The LNR is a collective of writers, artists, hacks, satirists, critics, comedians and commentators. We have all sorts of complimentary skills, a bit like the X-Men, but only one of us is a mutant. We are a generally happy bunch, except when paralysed by anxiety and depression, and often socialize together, occasionally out of choice.

So what do we actually do? Well, as the name London News Review suggests, we do quite a lot of news reviewing, and we like talking about music and books and basketball and the other day we sent a letter to Ofcom, complaining about the Gillette advertisements where the men shave at super-speed, pointing out that if people shaved at that velocity they would cause themselves serious injury, and possibly death.

So yes, we are politically active; but to be honest, we have such a radical spread of political beliefs that we pretty much cancel each out.

So, yes. I was wrong about the article being serious. It was clearly a satire from a batch of clearly talented satirists.

That being said, what's scary is that there are many on the left (see Democratic Underground, Indymedia and other sites) who do have beliefs that fall in that line. Not only that, but I've been told by more than one Briton in more than one forum, about President Bush's brand of "evil," and by extension, the "evil" of the United States.

So you can see how easy it was for me to take this article as "truth."

Ultimately, if I ticked anyone off, I'm sorry.

Posted by mhking at September 4, 2004 07:53 AM

From the Far North of Scotland comes a cry of 'Well done thou good and faithful scribe' (or something similar....

Can I just reiterate that the BBC/Guardian/ Independent and so on are NOT the purveyors of the views of the majority of Britons North or South of Hadrian's Wall. The vast majority DO appreciate what you guys have gone through (we have had years of IRA terrorism to fight) and have common relatives and hopes despite the wee puddle between us.

So if you read anything on the BBC website for example apply the following test - Is it against the commonsense view? Yes? Likely to get Democrats excited? Yes? Then IGNORE it - it is rubbish.

I don't think many people over here (in the civilised bit) take notice of the BBC anymore except for you chaps and chappesses (in the colonies...).

Now, anyone willing to give me $50 on Tony Blair moving to the US if you change the rules so he can take on Arnold in 2008? But whatever you do, DON'T LET MRS BLAIR IN - you'll regret it, you will!

Posted by: dave t at September 4, 2004 02:48 PM

I still stand by choice of Georgia vis-a-vis hell.

Posted by: Fausta at September 4, 2004 03:34 PM

That's the trouble with this campaign. Just about the time that you get ready to exaggerate the whacko positions and activities of the Left, one of them steps up and actually says or does what you figured was too far out for the imagination...

Posted by: mostly cajun at September 4, 2004 09:44 PM

Hey, it happens to the best of us.

Posted by: Nymphe at September 6, 2004 11:09 AM

Good on you for both figuring it out and for having the courage to say so!

Posted by: Chap at September 7, 2004 09:32 AM
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