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Arresting comedy

We are advised to take what we read in the newspapers with a grain of salt. For good reason. So the headline Richard Dawkins: I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI was suspicious. It turns out Dawkins had very little to do with the story. He explained:

“Needless to say, I did NOT say “I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI” or anything so personally grandiloquent. You have to remember that The Sunday Times is a Murdoch newspaper, and that all newspapers follow the odd custom of entrusting headlines to a sub-editor, not the author of the article itself.”

Well, we are all used to Dawkins being misrepresented. However, the headline did spark interest. Social media like Twitter were abuzz with comments and stories on Pope arrest.

Followers of Graham Linehan got a rare view of the creative mind of comedy writers in his tweets on the issue. Linehan is a television writer, most noted for his involvement in Father Ted, Black Books and The IT Crowd. I have always enjoyed the last two.

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