Friday, January 23, 2009

Onion spoof on horse abuse in the media

There seems to be a reluctance in the media to talk about unpleasant topics such as horse abuse. (For some reason the really unpleasant topics, such as violent crimes and politics, are much more comfortable to them.) It's so bad that I think the media's approach sometimes actually perpetuates horse abuse (and cat abuse and dog abuse), by failing to raise awareness of it.

The Onion, which is a news spoof paper and website, has a great sarcastic video about how determined the media often seems to avoid this topic.

Man Who Crossed Nation In Balloon Only Wants To Talk About Horse Abuse

I saw this link on another blog, where a great many commenters — who had clearly never heard of The Onion before — thought this was a real news show. Please be aware that this is not real news — it's a spoof.

But it's also frighteningly accurate, isn't it? Do you know of people in real life — whether in the media or not — who are similarly quick to try to change the subject when something uncomfortable like horse abuse comes up?



At January 25, 2009 at 2:34 PM, Blogger Rising Rainbow said...

Our local media does OK with issues of abuse. Although currently the big thing is a web of puppy mills that were raided. Most of the dogs are pregnant and over the next few weeks thousands of puppies needing homes will be born.

This story has upstaged everything else at the moment. Which may be understandable but not necessarily good for the horses that might need media attention to facilitate rescue.

At January 25, 2009 at 3:48 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

I'd say the puppy mills story has every right to take precedence for a little while! I'm glad your local media is so good at covering those types of stories. In Denver it seems like the story has to be pretty major in order to get any air time.


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