This piece was written for the Six Sentence Story challenge, with the prompt word of ‘distraction’.
Davo and his retired mates were watching the TV news at their local pub when a report on the bushfires included a reporter shoving a microphone in the face of a woman whose house had been destroyed, killing her family, and asking her ‘How do you feel?’
Thus began the Press Gang, a vaguely organised bunch of retirees bored off their brains and keen for some action that would, potentially at least, bring about some change in the increasingly insane and amoral world where the media had abandoned news in favour of visual distraction.
They began with the usual media scrum outside the law courts and became famous for sprinkling maggots in the hair of women reporters just before they did their piece to camera, persistently photo-bombing male reporters while grinning like maniacs, and quietly letting down the tyres of broadcast vans.
The Gang then moved on to the media proprietors and executives where, with the help of some retired locksmiths, they turned their prime beachside holiday homes into accommodation for the homeless, while others combed through the rubbish bins of the rich and mighty and published their contents on social media (who knew that Rupert was taking that much Viagra?).
But the movement really gained momentum when the Gang started releasing rats into the spin session press conferences held by politicians, clueless sports stars and vacuous actors plugging their latest piece of pap, such as the movie ‘War and Peace II – Aliens vs Androids’ and the ‘reality’ TV show ‘Celebrities Cage Fighting Bears’.
Having made the media a public laughing stock, Davo and his mates took a breather for a while and contented themselves with their usual quiet beers at the pub, until the TV news showed a camera crew chasing a young man down the street pestering him about whether he’d had unnatural relations with his chickens, and the ‘boys’ decided to get the band back together again.