Monday, April 23, 2007

Distorted News

B is on the phone. "Listen," she says, "Something terrible has happened."
She can barely speak and I can hardly hear her. "America has attacked Japan!"
"No that's nonsense," I say, "Why would they? Surely Bush wouldn't be that mad."
"Yes yes my sister heard it on Sky news."
We hang up - eventually I hear a report on the radio about an unscrupulous journalist cooking up the story out of nothing. What had actually happened was an American tourist had made a complaint about the lack of hygiene on a Japanese plane.

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