World goes insane over Riga mayor's cat

Take note – story published 7 years ago

As previously reported by LSM, major US news network ABC last week reported on the fact that a cat in Riga had taken a drink from a mug while a camera was rolling.

Now, with the international news media being such as it is, the story has gone global. In all continents, the very latest communications technology and sophisticated editorial systems are being employed to inform readers about the incident.

While some take the view that the footage is "adorable", others describe it as a "disaster". Riga mayor Nils Usakovs is variously described as "astonished" and "calm". All of which which just goes to show how the media these days will manipulate things to suit their editorial line.

Several sources designate Usakovs the "new BBC Dad," referencing the internet hit of a few weeks ago when children revealed their presence in a house while a man, their father, was being interviewed by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Here is a round-up of the story that has been slugging it out with US missile strikes on Syria for primacy in international news coverage and the attention of the world.

From Malaysia
From China
From India
From Ireland
From Australia
From New Zealand
The New York Post
The Daily Mirror
The Huffington Post
An internet thing called Mashable
The news thing of Yahoo! in the UK
US network CBS
US network NBC
Last and by all means least, Sputnik 

Plus many, many more. But our favorite has to be the coverage of St Louis, which opens with the marvelous line:

Cats. They were worshiped by ancient societies, and to this day are still worshiped, although not as seriously as back then.

...and then proceeds to tentatively quote the thought process of the cat itself:

“See ya later, mayor,” you could almost hear the cat say.'

Now we at LSM are off to train a koala bear to eat a hot-dog. If we can capture it on film, our fortunes are made.

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