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Lunging For The Luge Footage

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So I don’t care if it’s the winter or summer — I don’t give a shit about the Olympics. However, something happened today that gave me the urge to write.

Someone practicing for the luge event died. Here’s the story.

Olympic officials have decided to make some changes to the track at the Whistler Sliding Center following the death of a 21-year-old luger in a horrific training crash Friday morning.

For some reason, the better half had the cBS Evening Snooze on for a few minutes tonight. I was in the kitchen when the anchor-chick read this story from the teleprompter. OK. Then cBS proceeded to show the video of this person’s accident. And again. And again.

And then again in slow motion.

I’m not sure if this footage was replayed any more because I changed the channel in disgust.

Good God. You media types won’t show a Mohammad cartoon but you’ll repeatedly replay this on a newscast. Now if this video was on the Internet, that’s one thing. But this is network news. Was it really necessary to broadcast this footage? I’m not “outraged” at the actual violence; I just feel it’s a lack of respect for the athlete who perished and his family. Even Mrs. kkk made a comment about this captured carnage. “They warn the footage is graphic and then proceed to show it over and over again.”

I’ve defended broadcasting controversial footage in the past, especially when it is used to provide context in a larger story. The only redeeming value I can think of in showing this tape is to highlight how dangerous this track was, and even then I still don’t think it’s necessary.

Written by kkktookmybabyaway

February 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Posted in Sports