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(Guardian)   Death of Nelson Mandela announced on British TV triggers tidal wave of sentiment among viewers who call by the thousand to complain that if the BBC wants to break in with a newsflash, it should only be to talk about British weather   (theguardian.com) divider line 60
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2013-12-09 10:33:17 AM  
Right?
 
2013-12-09 10:33:26 AM  
At least it was better than the Fark headline.
 
2013-12-09 10:36:11 AM  
Bloody Colonials Problem

/harumph
 
2013-12-09 10:37:23 AM  
My conservative black friend just sent me a very sad letter from Allen West (?) about the lack of a world-wide outpouring of grief over the death of Margaret Thatcher compared to all the commie tears for terrorist Mandela.
 
2013-12-09 10:38:20 AM  

Billy Bathsalt: My conservative black friend just sent me a very sad letter from Allen West (?) about the lack of a world-wide outpouring of grief over the death of Margaret Thatcher compared to all the commie tears for terrorist Mandela.


The truth hurts.
 
2013-12-09 10:39:00 AM  

Billy Bathsalt: My conservative black friend just sent me a very sad letter from Allen West (?) about the lack of a world-wide outpouring of grief over the death of Margaret Thatcher compared to all the commie tears for terrorist Mandela.


Batman?
 
2013-12-09 10:40:03 AM  
I just cannot seem to summon one single fark about Mandela keeling over.

Will the UN Secret Police bust down my door in the dead of night and "black bag" me for it?
 
2013-12-09 10:41:28 AM  

Billy Bathsalt: My conservative black friend just sent me a very sad letter from Allen West (?) about the lack of a world-wide outpouring of grief over the death of Margaret Thatcher compared to all the commie tears for terrorist Mandela.


If the b*tch just stuck to making soft-serve ice cream and kept out of politics, then her passing might have been more mournful.
 
2013-12-09 10:41:34 AM  

Billy Bathsalt: My conservative black friend just sent me a very sad letter from Allen West (?) about the lack of a world-wide outpouring of grief over the death of Margaret Thatcher compared to all the commie tears for terrorist Mandela.


1/10

Unbelievable points, both separately and combined: 'conservative','black', and 'friend'.  We all know that you don't have friends of any kind.
 
2013-12-09 10:42:28 AM  

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: Billy Bathsalt: My conservative black friend just sent me a very sad letter from Allen West (?) about the lack of a world-wide outpouring of grief over the death of Margaret Thatcher compared to all the commie tears for terrorist Mandela.

1/10

Unbelievable points, both separately and combined: 'conservative','black', and 'friend'.  We all know that you don't have friends of any kind.


Blacks who are republican are like a herd of cattle who support Ronald McDonald.
 
2013-12-09 10:43:13 AM  
This is what happens when 24 hours news channels big up non-news and then some actual news comes along.
 
2013-12-09 10:43:40 AM  
I'll agree his death is news, but I can easily see the argument that it's not "halt all programming to let everyone know at the first second possible" news.
 
2013-12-09 10:44:02 AM  
God bless the guy, give him and the people that cared about him his moment.... understand just cause it means nothing to you, it means something to others.
 
2013-12-09 10:44:56 AM  

Molavian: Right?


Bloody well right!
 
2013-12-09 10:47:14 AM  
Mandela was a man of "singular significance" and the "most significant statesman of the last 100 years".
Really, more significant than Churchill who saved England from Hitler? Somebody needs to get shiatcanned from the BBC for that statement alone.
 
2013-12-09 10:47:34 AM  
media.tumblr.com
 
2013-12-09 10:49:34 AM  
Down with this sort of thing.
 
2013-12-09 10:50:14 AM  

OscarTamerz: Mandela was a man of "singular significance" and the "most significant statesman of the last 100 years".
Really, more significant than Churchill who saved England from Hitler? Somebody needs to get shiatcanned from the BBC for that statement alone.


SAVED England from Hitler.  Saved it.  Without Churchill, they would have given up.
 
2013-12-09 10:52:16 AM  

Rapmaster2000: OscarTamerz: Mandela was a man of "singular significance" and the "most significant statesman of the last 100 years".
Really, more significant than Churchill who saved England from Hitler? Somebody needs to get shiatcanned from the BBC for that statement alone.

SAVED England from Hitler.  Saved it.  Without Churchill, they would have given up.


As I understand it, Churchill personally fought Hitler in single-combat.  And weren't mechas involved?
 
2013-12-09 10:54:03 AM  
Actual article headline: BBC boss defends Nelson Mandela coverage after 850 complaints

Fark Subby: 'viewers call by the thousand...'


I must be the millionth person to have mentioned this.
 
2013-12-09 10:55:21 AM  

OscarTamerz: Mandela was a man of "singular significance" and the "most significant statesman of the last 100 years".
Really, more significant than Churchill who saved England from Hitler? Somebody needs to get shiatcanned from the BBC for that statement alone.


You misspelled 'FDR'.  All Churchill did was whine and beg for help*, then look for loopholes to keep from fulfilling the promises he made to get the help.

*probably a little hyperbolic
 
2013-12-09 10:58:24 AM  
Do they send the newsflashes people's inboxes? That is inexcusable.
 
2013-12-09 11:10:58 AM  
My journalism background makes me get all itchy whenever the term "Breaking News" is used. It should be reserved solely for occasions where you would break into a church and yell "Stop the wedding!" Examples:

"Stop the wedding! The president's been shot!"
"Stop the wedding! Russia has issued launch codes for nuclear weapons!"

The following are not allowed, in my opinion:

"Stop the wedding! 95-year-old former head of state dies after prolonged sickness!"
"Stop the wedding! Some sports team wins a championship!"
"Stop the wedding! Acquitted vigilante child killer arrested for drunk driving!"

We're becoming a nation of 24-hour crying wolf.
 
2013-12-09 11:12:11 AM  
"If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings." Nelson Mandela
 
2013-12-09 11:18:00 AM  

megarian: At least it was better than the Fark headline.


What was the headline, I think I missed it?

So, what we know from this article is that the UK still has 850 Apartheid supporters, and they're well-enough organized to have a collective moan-and-biatch letter campaign.

It's OK, they'll all be in their 90s as well, and popping their clogs any time soon.
 
2013-12-09 11:20:27 AM  
I guess I can understand the "meh" if one puts him in perspective.  The guy had an interesting life, but wasn't really connected with Britain, and almost all countries have had their revolutionaries / advocates for independence / founding fathers / whatever term you like to use.  Nelson Mandela was probably the most prominent figure in the shaping of modern South Africa, but that's one country among hundreds.
 
2013-12-09 11:21:36 AM  

HangMan: My journalism background makes me get all itchy whenever the term "Breaking News" is used. It should be reserved solely for occasions where you would break into a church and yell "Stop the wedding!"


"Breaking news" is a euphemism for "We're low in the ratings and need to sell ad space, let's attention-whore for some extra eyeballs". No more, no less.
 
2013-12-09 11:21:37 AM  

neversubmit: "If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings." Nelson Mandela


Yes, we all saw your Facebook post this morning.

I am totally shocked too!
 
2013-12-09 11:26:38 AM  

HangMan: My journalism background makes me get all itchy whenever the term "Breaking News" is used. It should be reserved solely for occasions where you would break into a church and yell "Stop the wedding!" Examples:

"Stop the wedding! The president's been shot!"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVNKNz-lc6k
 
2013-12-09 11:27:54 AM  

jshine: Rapmaster2000: OscarTamerz: Mandela was a man of "singular significance" and the "most significant statesman of the last 100 years".
Really, more significant than Churchill who saved England from Hitler? Somebody needs to get shiatcanned from the BBC for that statement alone.

SAVED England from Hitler.  Saved it.  Without Churchill, they would have given up.

As I understand it, Churchill personally fought Hitler in single-combat.  And weren't mechas involved?

I don't know about mechas, but there was a ton of Quatloos riding on this match.

 
2013-12-09 11:33:09 AM  
It's the same sort of crap served up in 'Merica. Look, I know he did a good thing in South Africa, that the world is in debt to his stand against racism, and reverence should be paid. But to have a tribute to the man during my Sunday morning football game preview? He may have saved the world (hyperbole), but he did NOT play linebacker. He didn't play for the All-Blacks, either. He wasn't a sports figure at all. Please, media, step away from the smarm.

Above that, The sadness is a bit out of sync...He was 95. He lived a long, successful life and did many wonderful things, so the sad isn't really needed. He lived fully, and died honorably. It wasn't a tragedy.
 
2013-12-09 11:35:51 AM  

gweilo8888: megarian: At least it was better than the Fark headline.

What was the headline, I think I missed it?

So, what we know from this article is that the UK still has 850 Apartheid supporters, and they're well-enough organized to have a collective moan-and-biatch letter campaign.

It's OK, they'll all be in their 90s as well, and popping their clogs any time soon.


Brit here, and I'll guarantee you those whining biatches are ALL Daily Fail readers.

/Daily Fail: for when you're bored of re-reading Mein Kampf.

//still astounded that FARK has so many DM links.
 
2013-12-09 11:36:15 AM  

neversubmit: "If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings." Nelson Mandela


Or Bison. Or Passenger pigeons.
 
2013-12-09 11:39:27 AM  

Darwins Point-ed Stick: Brit here, and I'll guarantee you those whining biatches are ALL Daily Fail readers.

/Daily Fail: for when you're bored of re-reading Mein Kampf.

//still astounded that FARK has so many DM links.


Yep, Brit myself, and well-acquainted with the Fail and its readers.
 
2013-12-09 11:45:31 AM  

GungFu: neversubmit: "If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings." Nelson Mandela

Or Bison. Or Passenger pigeons.


www.willisms.com
 
2013-12-09 11:53:12 AM  
Wait, let me get this straight...

Britain had weather last week? Why was I not informed?

I shall drink a pint of beer in solidarity with my weather-ravaged cousins.
 
2013-12-09 11:56:32 AM  
Britain has petty resentful white people?

So it's like Fark.
 
2013-12-09 11:58:03 AM  

gweilo8888: megarian: At least it was better than the Fark headline.

What was the headline, I think I missed it?

So, what we know from this article is that the UK still has 850 Apartheid supporters, and they're well-enough organized to have a collective moan-and-biatch letter campaign.

It's OK, they'll all be in their 90s as well, and popping their clogs any time soon.


I was going to mention that maybe the Daily Mail said something but i see you have covered it.
 
2013-12-09 11:59:41 AM  

TV's Vinnie: Blacks who are republican are like a herd of cattle who support Ronald McDonald.


I doubt they are anywhere near as delicious.
 
2013-12-09 12:00:56 PM  

gweilo8888: megarian: At least it was better than the Fark headline.

What was the headline, I think I missed it?

So, what we know from this article is that the UK still has 850 Apartheid supporters, and they're well-enough organized to have a collective moan-and-biatch letter campaign.

It's OK, they'll all be in their 90s as well, and popping their clogs any time soon.


Coincidentally the same number of people who read the Torygraph.
 
2013-12-09 12:03:24 PM  
neversubmit: "If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings." Nelson Mandela

Of course we care about humans. Obviously never saw my Kardashians shrine, my Duck Dynasty footwear, and my Honey Boo-Boo tattoo.

shechive.files.wordpress.com

/people's delishous.
 
2013-12-09 12:05:23 PM  
Well, I can relate to this. I don't want my Doctor Who episode interrupted to hear about some earthquake in Peru that killed hundreds of people, let alone one man that died of old age. That is what the 5 o'clock/9 o'clock news is for.
 
2013-12-09 12:20:04 PM  

neversubmit: "If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings." Nelson Mandela


If! He was speaking hypothetically. Calm down. And he's dead, anyway.
 
2013-12-09 12:29:06 PM  
"most significant statesman of the last 100 years"

Yeah, he made a greater impact than Stalin, Hitler, Mao and Lenin put together.
 
2013-12-09 01:09:32 PM  

Billy Bathsalt: My conservative black friend just sent me a very sad letter from Allen West (?) about the lack of a world-wide outpouring of grief over the death of Margaret Thatcher compared to all the commie tears for terrorist Mandela.


I'm sure that I shed a few tears of joy when the Earth finally rid itself of Thatcher.
 
2013-12-09 01:15:34 PM  
When is a murderer dying worthy of breaking into programming?

Good riddance
 
2013-12-09 01:18:05 PM  

slyde: When is a murderer dying worthy of breaking into programming?

Good riddance


What an absolutely black and white way of viewing a human being.
 
2013-12-09 01:32:18 PM  

GungFu: neversubmit: "If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings." Nelson Mandela

Or Bison. Or Passenger pigeons.


i19.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-09 01:33:08 PM  

jshine: GungFu: neversubmit: "If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings." Nelson Mandela

Or Bison. Or Passenger pigeons.

[www.willisms.com image 358x293]


DAMN! That will teach me not to refresh...
 
2013-12-09 02:39:48 PM  

TV's Vinnie: I just cannot seem to summon one single fark about Mandela keeling over.

Will the UN Secret Police bust down my door in the dead of night and "black bag" me for it?


British police might want a word with you.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2520662/Neil-Phillips-quizzed - 8-HOURS-police-Nelson-Mandela-Twitter-jokes.html
 
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