Get the widow on the set!!!

Can’t decide between being a CNN journalist or the hack who writes the crash, explosion and car chase scenes for direct-to-DVD action movies? The good news is that both careers utilize the same skill set, so you can train for both at the same time!

You may have noted the hot breaking item of the day:

Yankees pitcher’s plane crashes into Manhattan high-rise
POSTED: 5:23 p.m. EDT, October 11, 2006
Story Highlights
• NEW: Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle only person aboard plane, FBI said
• NEW: Lidle’s passport found on street below crash site
• Emergency call from plane indicated a possible fuel problem
• FDNY confirms at least one person was killed

NEW YORK (CNN) — Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle was the sole person aboard the plane that crashed Wednesday into a high-rise apartment building in New York, FBI officials told CNN.

Emergency responders found his passport in the street below, the officials said. (Story.)

The best stuff comes when they link to a couple multimedia clips. Check the carnival barker act in the link text:

  • (Watch witness accounts of cascading fireballs and a plane split in half — 1:58 Video)
  • (Watch the orange flames ravage the apartment — 1:50)

Unfortunately, there’s no option for “watch child with hair on fire run screaming from the building” or “watch as falling bodies immolate before hitting street like a Hefty bag stuffed with pig intestines,” but maybe in a few days we can click on “watch coroner saw into crispy-fried remains of major league pitcher.”

And wonder why CNN.com is no longer my home page?

:xpost:

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7 comments

  1. I had the same reaction when I saw the page. Shameful.
    Personally, I think any news stations are wrong for reporting Liddle as dead since his wife and child haven’t even been alerted about it because they’re on a flight to LA. The ESPN announcers looked embarrassed when they heard that little bit of news.
    The tragedy will be in the news for the next week. Can’t we wait a few hours until his next-of-kin is notified?

  2. CNN is one of the sites on my “morning coffee”. Habit, I suppose. I am also registered for their breaking news emails… I signed up 9/11/01 and have ignored 80% since.
    I believe that I got a grand total of 6 email alerts trickling the story to me throughout the day. 6 For a dead amateur pilot who HAPPENED to be a Pro athlete.
    Aren’t troops massing outside of Iran?
    Didn’t the Lancet just publish a report that over 600K Iraqis are dead?
    Didn’t the POTUS say something like “They really want their freedom to put up with that much violence” in response to that report? (WTF, Cletus?)
    Isn’t Kim Jong Ill nuke rattling?
    Shouldn’t Hastert step down?
    You’d think it was a slow news day.

  3. And so Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry” appears more and more prescient every day, what with a bubbleheaded bleach blond on CBS, telling us about a plane crash with a gleam in her eye.
    “You dont really need to find out whats going on
    You dont really want to know just how far its gone”
    Truer words have rarely been written….

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