Copied from my MySpace blog. Originally posted October 18, 2006.
I can't believe how low the media can sink sometimes. This time, it's the Scarborough Mirror. The free newspaper that gets tossed somewhere in the vicinity of residents' front steps every Wednesday and Friday has really crossed the line.
As I do twice a week, I was standing over the recycling bin, quickly browsing through the headlines and skimming the letters to the editor from local nutjobs when I saw the following disgusting headline:
"Inner gerbil emerges as jogging heads indoors".
Now, I will admit that I didn't even read the article. But why would I read anything about gerbilling? Wikipedia claims that gerbilling is only an urban legend. I guess someone forgot to tell this writer before he wrote about his little gerbil slipping out as he was running on his treadmill.
I hope the publishers of the Scarborough Mirror are ashamed of themselves.
I haven't seen such an inappropriate story since back in May, when the Edmonton Sun tried to "out" Canadian Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty and the rest of the Conservative Party in their article titled "Tories ride strong buck". Again, I didn't read the article, but I assume it has lots of photoshopped pictures of Tory party members atop strapping young male strippers.
Shame on the Canadian media. Shame.