Daily Archives: October 11th, 2006

Soapbox

I generally keep this blog focused on knitting, dogs and clouds. I like reading happy blogs, so I try to write that kind of blog.

Every so often, though, something gets under my skin and I have to grab my soapbox and pontificate to my heart’s content.

Today, I’m ticked off about this.

I was streaming live coverage of this tragedy as it happened. As soon as the reporters began stating who owned the plane, I started to get ticked off. Once it was discovered that a ‘celebrity’ (I hate that word) owned the plane and was on board, the news anchors were practically orgasmic in how they reported the news.

It was disgusting.

The news was reported so quickly, that I just knew that the families hadn’t been notified. One man’s father found out his son was dead from a TV newscast.

What the hell is wrong with this country?

Yes, I know we live in the age of instant news and it’s usually a wonderful thing.

Call me naive, but it shocks me that not one news organization held back the identity of the dead.

Have they no heart?

Can they not imagine how they would feel if it was their son, husband, brother?

As the above linked article states, the world found out this man was dead before his wife did.

One of the men who died today was ‘celebrity’, but he’s also a person.

A person with people who love him.

Those loved ones deserve respect.

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