It is worthy to note that in 2003 the propaganda of Saddam statue being toppled (one of the most iconic, for often repeated images on world-wide television, with barely anybody ever questioning to verify it) could have been prevented by a simple conversation, such as they should happen in every newsroom.
Only they don't happen. Not anymore. And even at the best of times, they barely ever did. And so, this is fiction, and it will likely make its way into my series THE CAGE, so don't think about stealing it, eh?
EDITORDon't bullshit me, girl. I'm watching the shit on television right now. You telling me that it's not what's actually happening?
GARRELSI'm telling you that, yeah.
EDITORIt's fake? Is that what you're saying? Just so that we are clear. That is what you're saying?
EDITORYou willing to bet your ass on it?
EDITORThat's good, because if you're doing this story, you're betting my ass on it, too, and I have grown rather fond of my ass. I like to sit on it. You know, here, on this chair. It's a good chair. My ass loves that chair. They, like, are almost married to each other, and my ass is too old to date another chair.
GARRELSSo we do the story?
EDITORDo the story.
The editor hangs up. Looks at the newsroom. Looks at the television screens that show the statue being toppled. Smiles.
EDITOR (TO HIMSELF)Well - looks like we are going to have an exclusive.