Statesman Flu Pandemic-a-go-go

I counted no less than seven articles from the Statesman related to a possible flu pandemic on Saturday. What gives? I know there’s a Chicken Little/Avian Flu joke in there somewhere. Somebody help me out. And what’s with the topics they chose?

  1. If pandemic flu strikes, will Austin be ready?
  2. Utilities prepare for pandemic with skeleton crews
  3. Pandemic would not stem flow of information
  4. Pandemic draft plan
  5. Could Austin’s entertainment industry survive flu pandemic?
  6. Where schools stand on planning for pandemic flu
  7. Key concern for grocers will be fresh shipments

2 Comments so far

  1. omit (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    I was almost going to post about it. Add it to the manufactured news category.

  2. Steven Phenix (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2006 @ 10:53 am

    One real impact of the pandemic is that other deserving stories were pushed off the page to make room for this wall-to-wall, in depth hypothetical news.

    Here’s The Armadillo Podcast Top Ten Stories the Statesman Could Have Covered Instead:

    1. Roadside Bombs in Hyde Park–It Might Happen, Sure
    2. Bush SoU Address Mentions “Human-Animal Hybrids” — The Dating Scene in Williamson County
    3. Third Anniversary of Columbia Disaster–Is Your Car Roadworthy?
    4. The US Doesn’t Torture and Neither does APD….

    See the whole list here

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