The Pile-On – Friday Fictioneers, January 2021

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Years of speaking only to the camera have blunted her sensory processing.

No one will contradict her, for few survive the witch’s tongue, fashioned over time into a weapon of mass destruction.

Submission has become an art form, a group norm instilled from day one on the team.

But someone didn’t get the email, or has chosen to ignore it.

“I think you’re wrong,” says her new co-presenter, “that’s hardly fair”.

It’s not so much what he says, but the fact he says it on camera where it cannot be unsaid.

And ding-dong…the witch is dying.

Pass the popcorn please.

Big day today for our American friends – hope all goes well.  Thanks to Rochelle for her leadership of Friday Fictioneers.  To see what we’re about, click on this link.  To add your story, click on the froggie.


About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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47 Responses to The Pile-On – Friday Fictioneers, January 2021

  1. neilmacdon says:

    I like the way you told this through the news anchor. A parable, perhaps, of something else


  2. ceayr says:

    This reminded me immediately of Thatcher, although in Scotland we spelled ‘witch’ with a ‘b’.


    • Sandra says:

      Really? it reminded me of Kay Burley, Emily Maitliss and a host of other meejah ‘personalities’. I suppose as ever where you end up depends on where you started from.


  3. The witch has met her wizard. It would have been fun if she had stayed and they had some battles on air 🙂


  4. MrBinks says:

    Great subtlety to this. Very nice.


  5. Dear Sandra,

    I can think of a few local and national American personalities who could be inserted into this story. I shan’t name them. 😉 Well done. May I have a sprinkle of cheese on my popcorn?




  6. Loved this! Brilliant last two lines. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  7. Iain Kelly says:

    It would be good to go back to the days when the politicians were the news and the journalists just asked the questions instead of being the story.


    • Sandra says:

      Wouldn’t it just. When I look back to even four or five years ago, I remember having quite different opinions about some of the presenters/journalists on our screens. Who changed? Me or them?


  8. Hard to be objective in times like these, but there is a difference between Cronkite taking off his glasses when JFK was killed and Frank Reynolds freaking out when Reagan was shot. Of course now we have Hannity and that ilk, so there are no standards at all.


  9. elmowrites says:

    For some reason it took me 2 readings to get this – might have more to do with the level of distractions here though. I like the simplicity of the co-presenter’s lines, and how easily the bubble bursts.


  10. Dora says:

    All it takes is one person speaking truth to power at the right moment for dam to break. Great read as always, Sandra.


  11. granonine says:

    I’ll bet her shock was so great that she really did think a house fell on her 🙂


  12. AshleyDannie says:

    Love it! The symbolism of the “power” she has on screen was well thought out!


  13. msjadeli says:

    That kind of iron stranglehold never lasts. “She” reminds me of a certain “he” that just left da house. Excellent!


  14. pennygadd51 says:

    I like the way you use our familiarity with the Wizard of Oz to enhance your story about media folk.


  15. I’m not sure who this refers to, but I can think of a few! You made her very clear.


  16. Dale says:

    I love how the co-presenter was kept out of the know… how serendipitous to help her fall off her high horse!


  17. Tannille says:

    Every dog has their day. Karma.


  18. James McEwan says:

    So true, once words are said it may be impossible to retract them.


  19. The Beeb could do with a few co-presenters like this one! It could just get me watching their current affairs programmes again.


  20. liz young says:

    Wouldn’t it be great to be the one who had the courage to say it!


  21. plaridel says:

    i guess it’s the sign of the times egged on by social media.


  22. Danny James says:

    witch’s tongue, fashioned over time into a weapon of mass destruction. You been talking to my wife?


  23. ahtdoucette says:

    Nice. To be honest, I don’t really watch broadcast news. From what I can recall and from what I’ve read in reputable print news, it seems that this can be true at times. For the life of me, I don’t understand people who are like “he/she seemed to know what they were talking about, so it is probably true.” I want to be like, but, that is not how facts work? I don’t get it!


  24. thehermitcreative says:

    Ding Dong…it always amazes me how often witches lose their witchyness when people stand up to them. Of course, that usually only happens when an outsider stumbles onto the scene not knowing the witch’s history. I also might be a product of the Wizard of Oz generation who wears red shoes and chants “there’s no place like home.” 🙂 Wonderful read.


  25. draliman says:

    Little did she realise how precarious her position of power was…


  26. Nobbinmaug says:

    I loved her tongue being turned into a weapon of mass destruction. People like that need to be knocked back to reality.


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