The Park’s first openly aged Archon has slammed Park media for what he calls “overt bias in their portrayal of the elderly.”
Thurmond L. Tortoise, who will celebrate his 130th birthday this year, is the oldest Animal in the history of zoocracy to serve as Archon. As such, he says, he feels a duty to speak out against the media’s depiction of The Park’s elderly.
“If you were to believe [The Park’s] press, you’d think we [the aging] were all enfeebled, waiting to die, or…waiting to be told what is best for us by the young, the naive, and the foolish,” he said.
The Tortoise’s remarks were made at the annual Association of Media Outlets of The Park (AMOP) dinner, which was held last night.
Asked his opinion of the job that Park media are doing, the Tortoise did not hold back.
“These misconceptions about the elderly run rampant across the media landscape,” he said. “We are being disrespected by a group of ignorant young Animals who have control over the media.We are the founders of this zoocracy; we fought for the freedom and independence that they [youth] are experiencing. We deserve to be treated properly,” he said.