Archive for July, 2011

The Tale of Two Headlines, Abused to Death, or Sad Tragic Accident?

July 12, 2011

On July 10, at 6:39 ET, the BBC ran a story with a headline that stated, “Pony ‘beaten’ into Hampshire lake dies“.I am sure millions around the world had the same reaction as I did when I first read the accounts as reported by the BBC. We really do owe a debt of gratitude to the nameless reporter who informed us of this heinous act. Well, that is what many must have thought as they read the story first thing Monday Morning before they headed off to work. Then again, what if the reporter was telling a tale that was wrong? What if the “facts” reported to the world early Monday morning are totally different from what actually happened?

Well the truth of the matter is actually 180 degrees opposed to what the nameless reporter stated in his story. The truth is that I would not even have a story if it were not for the BBC’s correcting its nameless reporter’s misguided lies. That’s right, 27 hours after the BBC allowed a lie to be posted on its news site, the truth came out. That’s better than the Daily Mail which still stands by its misleading story. The incident was not an act of animal cruelty as was reported. It was, in fact, a tragic accident that almost took the life of a man who attempted to save the horse from drowning. So 27 hours after the lie was allowed to circle the globe, the BBC ran this story, “Man kicked helping drowning pony in Hampshire“.