The Morning After Post
After the Army of Truth's
"Media Manifesto" Attack
Chip Foxx 'Doing Well'
After Facial Sabotage
by Heli Joppins
Post Honalulu Reporter
JMG talkshow host Chip Foxx is "doing well" after having facial reconstructive surgery sabotaged by The Army of Truth for crimes against journalism.
"There was no visible damage done, other than giving Foxx his old face back," said Dr. William Crawford, the physician overseeing Chip's recovery at the Jone Medical Center in Honalulu.
"I don't feel any pain at all," Foxx said upon waking.
"Well, that's good," said Dr. Crawford.
"So how long is it going to take?"
"To heal? How long before we can repeat the procedure?"
"Um, well, Mr. Foxx- they severed most of the nerve endings in your face..."
"So, you can't have any more reconstructives surgeries. Ever. You're stuck with your own face."
The room was silent for a moment, followed by the unmistakeable sound of Foxx sobbing beneath his bandages.
Then he stopped.
"What are you doing here, sir?"
Sifting Through the Wreckage
Walking into the Post Manhattan newsroom was a bit of a surreal homecoming for me.
The Morning After Post was my first big job in America.
I'd recieved my degree in journalism from Oxford and worked at the Guardian, the U.K.'s biggest newspaper, but nothing ever intimidated me like that first day in the prestigious Post Manhattan newsroom.
I remember the hustle and bustle of 200 people running around the brightly-lit 50th floor of Jones Tower, typing, talking on the phone, cracking jokes over cubicle particians.
It was a vivacious organism that pumped out American news-
Not British news, which had become one big sensationalized tabloid that touted the Queen Mum and Tony Blair's party line-
American news, the last bastion of unbiased free press.
Eight years later, after being asked to cover the Army of Truth's "Media Manifesto" attack on the Post, I realized that this once-great newsroom now looked like my regards for American journalism:
Most desks were abandonned.
There were only a few dozen reporters, most of whom were asleep on their keyboards.
Flourescent ceiling lights flickered or were burnt out.
Dustbins were overturned.
The aisles were littered with paper.
Framed frontpages hung askiew on scraped, dirty walls.
Phones rang unanswered.
In the distance, the ceiling leaked water onto a computer.
Sadly, all I could think about was how much it all reminded me of the end of Superman II, after General Zod had busted up the Daily Planet.
This "super-man" is nothing of the kind; I've discovered his weakness.
He cares. He actually cares for these Earth people.
This was what had become of the great American newspaper.
It's Called Sabotage, My Dear Watson
The problem started three weeks ago, or in the beginning of 2007, depending how you look at it.
International Jones, Inc. layed off 5,000 employees, most of whom worked for JMG, in January of 2007 to boost the price of IJI stock.
The price per share went from $174 to $176.
Shortly there after, The Morning After Post began experiencing technical difficulties that couldn't have been accidental.
Employees were purposefully sabotaging their own corporation.
Not long after that "The Army of Truth" made itself known by attacking various parts of the IJI and JMG websites.
At the Post, the Army began printing absurd headlines and erasing columns from Chrone Osphere, Chip Foxx- even IJI C.E.O P.F. Jones.
Oddly enough, the Army's sabotage had a mixed affect:
IJI stock had dropped to $132 per share, but readership of the Post went up 300%.
IJI management went through a series of layoffs to try to purge members of the Army of Truth, and eventually began firing anyone suspected of dissent.
The Army not only survived, but appeared to grow stronger and more organized.
Three weeks ago, they hijacked the Post website and millions of Sunday papers in 24 major American cities to publish their "Manifest for the Reform of American Media."
In the document, the Army criticizes the effects of corporate ownership of mass media, such as conflict of interest, bias and general weakness of reporting.
The following Monday the newspaper presses printed the Manifesto again- which sold in record numbers.
Most presses were shut down after that.
The cities that did recover control over their presses were sabotaged shortly there after.
The Manifesto was still up on the website.
IJI stock hade fallen to $111 per share.
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