Il Gatto/Another Donald birthday story

Chris Hilbig chilbig1 at
Tue Jul 20 13:32:05 CEST 2004

   This most likely will ruffle a few feathers, but in this 
politically-correct world of ours, it absolutely doesn't surprise me 
that our friend Il Gatto hasn't been used too often. I'll have to admit 
that I haven't ever read a story with Il Gatto, but from what I've read 
from this list, he sound like a (at this point I'll take no 
responsibility for misspelling of names. :P I lack the time.) Joseph 
Gerbils of the New York Times, Dan Rather, or a Peter Jennings. (Just 
to name a few.) Essentially they'll swear up and down that they are 
unbiased and straight-forward in their reporting, and then ball-face 
lie, spin, or stretch the truth in order to push their agenda and/or 
ideology and manipulate popular opinion. A good example would be the  
anti-war/American stories that have been pushed from the thirteen 
months before the war in Iraq  to today. Il Gatto sounds like he 
represents all of this. From my first-hand  experience, and many 
interviews I've read (and i've read quite a few), most artist and 
writers don't believe in the value of morality, individualism, and 
smaller government. A character like Il Gatto contradicts the notion 
that all good journalists are truthful and look out for poor bastards 
like themselves. The idea that reportage could ever be slanted is an 
impossibility, or whoever is being smeared is most likely an evil 
hate-monger that's profiting from the suffering of others. Therefore my 
theory is that most writers in this business would be too uncomfortable 
with using Il Gatto, unless he is placed in some type of heroic role, 
which wouldn't fit the character.

  Then again this may all be just a coincidence, since I've never heard 
of Il Gatto until Lars brought him up. There is the possibility that 
most everyone else knows little or nothing of  Il Gatto and therefore 
he hasn't been used very often.

Just my two-cents,


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