They say no news is good news, but we’re not sure this is what those folks had in mind.
On the front page of The Battlefords News-Optimist, a Saskatchewan community newspaper, editors admitted that “there isn’t really anything happening in the news this week,” rendering its front page void of any real content yesterday. At the same time, the publication still suggested it had some half-decent articles written inside.
So the News Optimist today opens with “to be truthful, there isn’t really anything happening in the news this week.” pic.twitter.com/7dCjnm1ncE
— Rylee (@_Rylee_) January 19, 2016
“The North Battleford Fire Department did see some action on the weekend, attending a dumpster fire and a couple false alarms,” the article read. “Not really very exciting, but that news item does make one wonder about the mentality of someone torching a dumpster in sub-Arctic weather.”
For the record, the News-Optimist is not a satirical publication. This seems to be a literal case of an entire newsroom throwing up their arms and pretty much saying “f— it.” Which is a little ironic, considering the name of the paper includes the term “optimist.”
In a strange twist, however, the writer alludes to something that could have easily been a front-page contender in the last paragraph of the article.
“There is an item inside about eight-year-old actor Isaiah Tootoosis who appears in ‘The Revenant,’ an Oscar-nominated movie opening at the Capitol Theatre Friday. Isaiah will be there to sign autographs.”
A little kid from a small Canadian town was selected to appear in a big-budget, critically-acclaimed Hollywood movie? Call us crazy, but that sounds like a solid story. Especially for a community paper.