September 22, 2012 by kitcac
No, it really wasn’t.
A meteor shower was visible over many parts of the UK last night and yet the BBC somehow managed to find the most stupid person in the UK to interview about it.
The chap in question said that “It was like Independence Day”.
Some of the BBC’s viewers probably thought that that was a strange comment to make, as it was probably not very much like the 4th of July celebrations in the USA. I don’t recall seeing anyone waving star-spangled banners and singing that “Oh say can you see” malarkey.
But perhaps he meant Independence Day starring the Fresh Prince of Bel Air?
I haven’t actually watched it all the way through as its usually on Channel 5 and with all the adverts it goes on for three hours and frankly I need to be in bed before 11pm or else I get very ragey.
So I looked it up on wikipedia to see what the meteor shower must have looked like to this chap on the BBC. This is an extract:
On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. (Hmmm, I couldn’t connect to the internet properly yesterday, so that’s a concern).
It is soon learned by the military that a number of enormous objects are on a collision course with Earth. (Right, that seems to match what the BBC said).
At first thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species. (Uh oh!)
On July 3rd, the aliens all but obliterate New York, Los Angeles, and Washington. (The “meteors” were sighted over Chorley, Newcastle and…. East Anglia. Dear Aliens, please don’t obliterate East Anglia!).
So in a nutshell, yes, it was very much like Independence Day.
This sort of half-arsed reporting really gets on my pip. Reporters must just grab the nearest halfwit in desperation for a quote.
When the “lion” was on the loose in Essex, people involved in the sightings were giving some corkers.
One quote that stuck in my mind was from a guy who said that the “lion” that he was adamant he had seen “looked very pleased with himself”.
Oh right, he was chuffed to bits was he? What does a lion look like when he is pleased with himself? Does he grin from ear to ear? How do you know he wasn’t just embarrassed?
And would it look any different to a lion that had just witnessed an alien invasion over East Anglia?