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CBS ticked off fans of its CSI: NY Wednesday night, during the episode's final moments, when the network broke in with the news that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had died. "An overly aggressive CBS News producer jumped the gun with a report that should have been offered to local stations for their late news," said CBS's apology, which did not name the producer. "We sincerely regret the error." CBS will rerun the episode – in its entirety it is hoped – Friday night.

Silly news producer. Americans don't care about world politics. If it doesn't have a slogan attached to it, it doesn't mean anything to us.

Also.. uh .. CSI: NY? Really?


Nov. 13th, 2004 10:54 pm (UTC)
Apparently I was unclear. They should have announced his death. They then went on to do a fairly lengthy recap of his activities over the last however many years that could probably have waited five minutes.

That, of course, is just my opinion. It was their decision and if I would have done it differently, so what? The fact that people have been concerned enough to actually make a fuss over it is fairly ridiculous.
Nov. 14th, 2004 07:05 am (UTC)
I wasn't attacking you personally in any way at all. Sorry if it came off that way.I was saying that I've seen the "they should have waiting to announce it" argument in a lot of places and I think it's a sad statement.

I think what happened *was* just a short announcement anyway, but with lead in bumpers, music, the actual announcement, the need to repeat it four times, then the music, lead out bumpers, and probably a commercial thrown in for good measure, they would have missed the end of the show anyway.

I'm more talking about the overall frustration that a TV show could ever be more important than breaking world news.
Nov. 14th, 2004 01:23 pm (UTC)
On that we can certainly agree. Also, no offence taken.


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