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September 10, 2008

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metroknow

I'm tempted to buy a subscription, just so I can text message my cancellation. Disgusting.

Jil

I like how they refer to the SUV driver as an "illegal immigrant". Not trying to stir the pot too much, hmm?

Samuel John Klein

Apparently trying to push the envelope on the notion that there's no such thing as bad publicity.

There are just some things that shouldn't be live blogged or twitted. Never mind shame ... how about a little restraint?

I'd be interested to know why whoever gives Berny Morson his assignments thought this was humane ... or even human.

liprap

"tacky" (TACK-ee) adj. - descriptive word for anything less than polite, anything lacking in taste and refinement, and TEXT MESSAGING A FUNERAL AS A NEWS STORY.

I'm gonna petition the OED folks to get this one in as a definition. Just to let the world know how truly tacky such actions are.

liprap

"tacky" (TACK-ee) adj. - descriptive word for anything less than polite, anything lacking in taste and refinement, and TEXT MESSAGING A FUNERAL AS A NEWS STORY.

I'm gonna petition the OED folks to get this one in as a definition. Just to let the world know how truly tacky such actions are.

jeffrey

The world is becoming one big human zoo and we are all building the display cages.

Nan

Unbelievable. It goes way beyond tacky into absolutely appalling.

nancy

Here's the thing: you could have sent a reporter to write a beautiful story, not one that would have been intrusive, but observational; letting people speak should they have chosen (some need to, in the face of such horrific death), taking the emotional temperature and perhaps giving it some context. One that would have, maybe, in time, have made things better. But no; it's the quick slash, and makes people hate the press, as they should in this instance.

I would like to see the writer justify his actions. Has he?

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