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Friday, June 19, 2015

Guns & Money: Media Questions Gun Access, Takes Advertising Dollars

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 2:12 PM

By now you've probably seen this image.



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If you haven't, yes. You're seeing things correctly. That's a sticker ad for a gun shop just above the Charleston Post and Courier's headline about the gun slaughter of nine innocents. It's a pretty tone deaf move on behalf of the paper.



Please understand. I get it. Newspapers have a lot of moving parts and sometimes you end up with unfortunate juxtapositions. Just last year a cover story I wrote about First Congo Church hit the streets with a fairly graphic ad sticker for picking up dog waste slapped on top. In spite of my best efforts to depict the congregation in a good light, I felt like I'd spread dog crap all over the sanctuary. I felt terrible but advertising money pays my mortgage, so I apologized to everybody, and moved on.



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Often — and for very good reasons— advertising and editorial departments stay out of each other's business. But this. This is different.  Every example of gun violence sells more guns. Big money. Plenty to spread around. And it's being spread around. At least the Commercial Appeal ...



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... put their full page gun ad on page 13. 



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Friday, May 15, 2015

Not Another "Thrill is Gone" Headline

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 1:31 PM

To take nothing away from Bob Mehr's actual reporting, the headline for this B.B. King teaser is one example of why I sing the blues. 

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A Different Kind of Car Jacking

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 12:56 PM

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Florida Man's really got nothing on Tennessee Man. At least not if the latter is from Memphis, anyway. To wit (as they say), included among the most circulated news stories in the Bluff City this week, was this item about a naked car driver who enjoys it when people take videos.

According to various reports, Mr. Naked Car-Driving-Man also likes touching himself. 
From WMC: 

Memphis police officers are on the lookout for a man who people say is creeping out drivers by driving naked while pleasuring himself.

Last month, Allyson Duckworth spotted a man she says was driving naked. She says the man had on nothing but sunglasses and a hat. She also says the man was touching himself. She spotted him at Highland and Poplar Avenue.

"It still bothers me,” says Allyson Duckworth, who had grabbed her camera and started recording the man's actions. "When I started videoing him, he really enjoyed that, I think he wants to be seen and wants to be found."
One photo of the suspect shows a man committing "the same act," wearing woman's shoes and nothing else. Which is perfectly understandable considering just how sexy the right pair of shoes can make you feel. 

In an unrelated story a WMC reporter told viewers about a child thrown from the roof of a car on Mud Island while standing on the roof of a car. Because... we give up.
 

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Howling Monkey Reads The Comics: 5/3/15

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 9:11 AM

The Howling Monkey Reads The Comics is a public service to you, in which we explain why the Sunday funnies are, well, funny.  This thrilling edition of The Howling Monkey Reads The Comics includes bags of milk, jigsaw puzzles, mythology and a man who smells bad!  Enjoy it, won't you?  (You won't).



Joey Hack is a regular contributor to Fly On The Wall, and is a member of The Wiseguys improv troupe.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Everything is Awesome: Meet Lego Jason Miles

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 11:27 AM

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Fly on the Wall has chronicled the many faces of WMC's excitable news reporter Jason Miles

We've shown you Jason Miles under a car

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We've shown you Jason Miles under a car on a cake.

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Now, fresh from his Twitter profile, here's Lego Jason Miles.

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Will some less lazy person please photoshop this Jason under a car? Please?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Smoked Meats: Memphis' Crack for Lunch Meat Story Gets the WTFark Treatment

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 10:19 PM

"Hey, you look like the kind of guy who might trade $50,000 worth of lunch meat for some crack cocaine."
  • "Hey, you look like the kind of guy who might trade $50,000 worth of lunch meat for some crack cocaine."

Last week Memphis Flyer reporter Toby Sells told the gripping tale of Larry Ron Bowen, the Arkansas truck driver who traded a tractor trailer load of lunch meat for an undisclosed amount of crack cocaine. The story was picked by various other national and international news outlets, but nobody told it better than the satirical online news content generator WTFark.

Enjoy. 


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Friday, April 10, 2015

This is TV News

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 3:39 PM

Classic Joe
  • Classic Joe

WMC's Joe Birch needs to have a serious heart to heart with his scriptwriter. Or maybe high camp is what Action News 5 is going for these days. 

Here's a Birch sample from Tuesday's newscast: "A fight. People run over. Crashes... a video so shocking WMC Action News 5's Jerry Askin searched for some answers."

By "searching for answers" the famously helmet-haired anchor meant that the reporter asked random people what they thought about a thinly-sourced YouTube video. The clip in question seemed to show a fight and people being intentionally hit by cars. You can watch the weird reaction vid here. 

Classic camp
  • Classic camp

Or you can just hang out here and marvel at the headline. 

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Mega-Fail: The New Memphis Welcome Sign is NSFW

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 9:57 AM


ARRRGGH! - S
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  • ARRRGGH!

So, are we the only dirty minded people who read the Commercial Appeal story "Memphis' New Signs Beckon I-40 Travelers" and thought, "Wait a minute, are those dildos up there?"

Because, you've got to admit, in addition to being an ugly sign generally, those alleged music notes up top, sure do look an awful lot like dildos

L to R: Dildos, Detail from the new Memphis welcome sign.
  • L to R: Dildos, Detail from the new Memphis welcome sign.


UPDATE: What's seen can not be unseen. Maybe this is our Mt. Rushmore. Those dildos need names. Maybe even faces. Suggestions? 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Closer Look at the Satanic School Bus Photo

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 3:03 PM

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's time to call the Ghostbusters

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  • Hell on Wheels

If you haven't seen WMC's amazingly dumb report about Satanic school bus brake lights, do yourself a favor. For my money the best part is when anchorman Joe Birch reminds us that, "the Devil's in the details." 

Indeed he is Joe. Indeed he is. 
 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"Franch Ready To Hit Libyan Extremists": The True Story

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Many people assumed there was a typo in this headline from Tuesday's Commercial Appeal.

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The headline was correct although the accompanying narrative about France preparing to bomb rebels along the Libyan border was complete rubbish and clearly printed in error.  What should have appeared was the story of a feud between two neighbors: Harbor Town resident Kenneth Franch, the inventor of Franch's Tangy Orange Salad Dressing, and librarian Binford Scuttlebutt.  According to reports Franch became enraged because the Scuttlebutts, who are actually from Denver and of Flemish extraction, didn't take their holiday decorations down after January 1st. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sometimes Headlines Have More Than One Meaning

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 2:17 PM

It all began innocently enough with a letter to Annie's Mailbox, an advice column by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar: "Dear Annie, I am a 14-year-old boy. I'm on the swim team, and I take tap dancing lessons."



And then this happened in the Commercial Appeal. 



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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Memphis TV Station Arrested For Allegedly Stabbing Other TV Station in Brawl Over Fancy Wig

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 4:41 PM

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Memphis TV station WMC, AKA Action News 5, was taken into police custody Tuesday after stabbing rival TV Station WREG, News Channel 3, with what police are describing as a "big fucking samurai sword."

Witnesses at the scene say Action News 5 was trying on a Kim Kardashian brand hairpiece valued at $39.95 when News Channel 3 snuck up behind the unsuspecting station and snatched the wig right off its head.

"Lord, you should have heard Channel 5 holler," said WKNO Channel 10. The public television station was enjoying margaritas and an order of guacamole fries on the patio at Cafe Olé when the fight broke out.

"It sounded like somebody was being murdered," WKNO said. "And then that samurai sword came out, and we thought somebody was going to be murdered."

WMC's neighbors greeted the news with mixed reactions.

"I kinda think WREG is a little bit jealous of WMC," says unlicensed massage therapist Carl Masutra who lives in a van that he parks behind a popular fast food restaurant on Union Ave. "And if somebody was trying to snatch their wig, I think they've got a right to stand their ground."

Brenda Dishwalla of Dishwalla Interiors says she's shocked by the behavior of both news stations.

"Which one is supposed to be 'on your side?'" Dishwalla asked. "Is it WMC 'on your side' or WREG 'on your side?' Because it doesn't sound to me like either of these stations is on my side. And who the hell goes around carrying a samurai sword?"

Channel 3 was taken to the hospital where it was treated for minor injuries. WMC was questioned and released on its own recognizance. Although graffiti was spotted near the scene, no gang involvement is currently suspected, and no formal charges have been brought against either station. 


96X Raps: Throwback X-radio station becomes throwback hip-hop station

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 10:49 AM

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RIP 96X; Long live Boomin96! 

Just when everybody was finally getting used to hearing that one James song we'd all happily forgotten years ago, WIVG-FM’s throwback X-radio format has been changed to a throwback hip-hop format. Thanks to Flinn Broadcasting for continuing to make our drive time radio experience like a scene from Walking Dead where one of the main characters runs into the reanimated version of somebody they dated back before the zombie apocalypse. 

With its devotion to 80's and 90's-era hip-hop Boomin96 is currently serving up all that East Coast/West Coast rivalry you've been missing since Notorious B.I.G. delivered his "Long Kiss Goodnight."

Plus Run-D.M.C.'s "Christmas in Hollis."
 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Atheists Launch Christmas Billboard Campaign

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

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It’s December, that happy time of year when people get frothing mad about the nonexistent “War on Christmas.” In an unusual turn of events, the first salvo in this year’s skirmish appears to have been fired by American Atheists, a 40-year-old advocacy group that's hosting a national convention in Memphis this coming April. A billboard promoting the event pictures a little girl writing a letter to Santa: “All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.”

This seems like as good an excuse as any to link a terrible movie about a jolly old elf locked in mortal combat with Satan. 


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

WREG Tweets Porn, Internet Responds

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 11:04 AM


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This morning WREG was "hacked," which, we think means some poor hack at WREG accidentally tweeted a weather promotion with a porn link attached. Of course the Twitterverse couldn't let something this momentous pass without a spectacular spanking. Here are some of Fly on the Wall's favorite #rockbone responses so far.

We've all been there.
  • We've all been there.

You can take the boy out of 460 Tennessee St. But you can't take 460 Tennessee St. out of the boy
  • You can take the boy out of 460 Tennessee St. But you can't take 460 Tennessee St. out of the boy

Radar envy?
  • Radar envy?

Of course you knew there had to be a band called Rock Bone, right? "GRAB THE BONE!"

Wendi's right. Well played with. #rockbone
  • Wendi's right. Well played with. #rockbone



ALSO A BIG FAN OF THAT SONG "ROCKBONE LIKE A HURRICANE."
  • Also a big fan of that song "Rockbone Like a Hurricane."



Nailed it!
  • Nailed it!


The city needs a new slogan.
  • The city needs a new slogan.

#Rockbone as Fuck!
  • #Rockbone as Fuck!

You're so Memphis.
  • You're so Memphis.
BOOM!
  • BOOM!

If we've missed something especially awesome, please share in comments. And Happy Tuesday! #rockbone

UPDATE: Of course this is exactly the sort of thing that gets picked up by Mashable, who've brought new information to the table. Pornhub at least attempted to begin a dialogue with WREG. Sweet. #Rockbone #PornhubKatie
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