UnNews:Global Media Panic
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6 May 2009
FLEET STREET, London, Ontario -- As billions of people continue to remain healthy, media organizations say they have grave concerns that the current outbreak of swine flu might not evolve into a global pandemic. "This is a doomsday scenario for us," said a media spokesman. "We've invested hundreds of millions in pandemic scare-mongering, and we really need this one to pay off."
Speaking to themselves this morning, media stables confirmed that they were now bracing for a catastrophic non-pandemic, as reports continue to flood in of areas unaffected by swine flu.
"It's worse than anything we imagined," said Heinrich Shank, a spokesperson for the Russian School of Ballet. "They assured us this thing would kill millions within days. Apocalyptic horror, they said. People bleeding out of their eyes in every city on the planet."
"It's really disturbing, and a lot of people in the industry are pretty frightened at this point."
He said the media had had its entire pandemic strategy mapped out, with many networks already bidding against each other for any potential CCTV footage of stampeding mobs, or close-up soft-focus shots of toddlers bubbling from their noses. Other unreliable sources report that Josh Groban had been commissioned by CNN to write and perform a signature dirge to be used as the soundtrack for all mass funerals broadcast live by the network.
However, Shank said, the shocking and rapid spread of good health around the planet had forced the industry to scramble for survival.
"We don't see a way out," he explained. "The credit crunch just isn't selling papers any more. The public doesn't understand economics, and frankly, falling property prices are....so 2008. We needed swine flu to go Biblical. We needed catastrophe. We needed the Four Pig Farmers of the Apocalypse. We needed bleeding eyeballs."
He said that many journalists now faced a "dark future" and would be forced to start writing their own stories, instead of publishing press releases from estate agents explaining why the collapse of property prices was an optical illusion.
However, he said the media would remain proactive, and urged Mexican pig farmers to indulge in more high-risk contact with their pigs, "just in case one of them hits the viral jackpot".
He declined to elaborate.
Meanwhile the American media has echoed Shank's sentiments, saying that glossy real estate supplements had propped up most media stables until now, but that they too had desperately needed swine flu to "get bubonic on our ass".
"All those healthy people…it's so unbelievably sad."