Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Nah, Newspaper Budget Cutting Won't Affect Quality At All

God bless Rupert Murdoch and his media empire sometimes, for the hilarity they bring.

According to the New York Times, Mel Gibson's production company is developing a four-hour miniseries for ABC. Gawker Media's Defamer picks this news item up on December 6th, closing with a comment obviously made in jest: "While the baldfaced grab for controversy might seem utterly crass to us, ABC was powerless against the visionary Gibson’s breathtaking pitch for the miniseries’ climactic scene, a Braveheart-style battle with thousands of Jewish and Nazi combatants rushing at each other across an open field."

And about 36 hours later-- in their December 8th edition -- The Australian (owned by Murdoch), writes this: "Gibson's Con Artist Productions reportedly clinched the deal with a breathtaking pitch for a climactic "Braveheart-style" battle scene where thousands of Jewish and Nazi combatants rush at each other across an open field."

Of course, this isn't the first time a foreign outlet has reported parody as truth, heh.

(Thanks for pointing this out to me, TK.)

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