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Sunday, August 08, 2010



If there is any subject guaranteed to get Richard Freeman's goat it is foxhunting. Last week whilst Richard was here indulging in pre-weirdweekendery the news broke that a gang of `urban foxhunters` had posted a video of themselves beating a fox to death in a park in Hackney onto YouTube. The result from Richard and indeed the media in general was predictably horrified. I began to smell a rat when a spokesman from the group said that the fox had been dosed up with a sedative called Xanax so that it did not suffer. Not only was that a ridiculous thing to say, but Xanax - a benzodiazepine - is not available through the NHS and, although a well known drug in the US, is hardly heard of here.

Well, it all turned out to be a massively succesful hoax, which, according to the director: "We wanted to create something that would be so ridiculous that in any other area it would be immediately dismissed as a spoof, but that news outlets desperate to continue the media narrative against foxes would leap on without any thought as to its authenticity."

1 comment:

Syd said...

The guy responsible for this hoax, clearly proved his point, that the gutter goons (journalists) are complete numbnut's (or maybe that should be dumbnut's) who never believe in checking their facts or allowing trivialities like truth and honesty to get in the way of a good story.