When Swine Flew: The Baconic Plague

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    MSNBC: Hey, how's your swine flu coverage going?

    CNN: Oh man, it's grueling. Trying to fill 24 hours of airtime with a story about basically a fever and a cough, I mean you know. It's tough. If our viewers aren't panicked, we lose them to Law&Order reruns within minutes. So we've had to get pretty drastic, taking everything out of context, forcing the experts to talk "worst case scenario", all that kind of stuff.

    MSNBC: Yeah I hear you. I love how you guys keep using pictures of Mexicans in face masks with your local stories. Totally makes it seem like where you're actually talking about, California or Nebraska or wherever, that everyone was wearing masks there.

    CNN: I know! Turns out we get a 10% retention bump whenever we show them before a commercial. But you guys totally topped us. I saw that bumper yesterday, where you told people swine flu would make their eyes bleed, unless they stay for the break to find out how to stop it!

    MSNBC: Well, we didn't say swine flu made eyes bleed, we just had pictures of pigs and some guy with bleeding eyes. Not our fault if our viewers jumped to conclusions. heh.

    CNN: Right, of course. But the best bit was when you came back on-air, and the "prevention" was "don't poke your eyes with sharp objects." I was rolling on the floor. roll-ing.

    MSNBC: Yeah that was fun. But you know, I heard if we ever have a real health crisis we'd be fucked. Our entire food service industry, basically, isn't allowed to take sick time if they're sick. I mean, think about that. All this talk about closing a single school, have they even thought about how many people cycle through a McDonald's in an average day?

    CNN: Wow. That's kind of a.. wow. That could be a really big deal. Man, you should do a story on that.

    MSNBC: Can't. We're holding onto it for fall sweeps.

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    1. Adam_& 60 months ago | reply

      Great...really love the conversation that goes with this brilliant pic!

    2. Mr. Sardonicus [deleted] 60 months ago | reply

      hell yes!!

    3. Diana A D 60 months ago | reply


    4. δενίι™ 60 months ago | reply

      Oh a wonderful pic n an awsome convo!! heheh

    5. Coliopteran 60 months ago | reply

      Great image/commentary..."When Swine Flew"... I always love to see a pun come to life in illustration. It's the little joys that keep me going...

    6. jensequitur 60 months ago | reply

      Looks like she's breaking out in rashers.

    7. Daydream Nation 60 months ago | reply

      You're just so fabulous, it almost hurts.

    8. Jean&Vic 60 months ago | reply

      Just imagine if this hit the news papers, and thier ratings dropped even further. . . they might come after you for slander. Then again thinking about that, there is too little to gain from pursuing one individual, unless it were maybe Bill gates or some one equally rich. Very good work, illustration, and story wise. It got a good morning chuckle out of me.

    9. Consumerist Dot Com 60 months ago | reply

      Thank you for your topical image.

    10. Nada* 60 months ago | reply

      omg, hilarious! genious! :DDD

    11. PG73 60 months ago | reply

      excellent work, well done

    12. sir_watkyn 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Imagery (Fav 1,Comment on 1) *Sweeper Active*, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. tadashistate 60 months ago | reply

      Hilarious writeup and the picture is great.

    14. Alexander Roberts 60 months ago | reply

      I love your stories that accompany the pics.

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