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Friday, December 29, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via WaPo: TV plans tasteful coverage of Saddam execution.

I find that headline snicker-worthy. For one thing, we are talking about TV news. For another, I am not sure that the word “tasteful” and “execution” belong in the same sentence.

Of course, the WaPo reporter could help himself in terms of making a pun in the first paragraph of his piece:

Television networks face a killer of a conundrum with the impending execution of Saddam Hussein, whose hanging could be videotaped and perhaps aired on Iraqi TV.

While I think the man is deserving of death, I have to say that silly jokes aren’t in order out of respect for his victims, if not for any other reason.

And there is another question: while the networks and cable channels may decide not to show all of the gory details, how long before unedited video and stills make it to the internet? Will this be another Nick Berg situation, or will the fact that US military is taking the video mean that it won’t leak out?

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  1. There are never any leaks from the military.

    Comment by Chip — Friday, December 29, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

  2. See a sarcastic visual of George Bush playing a round of “Hangman”…here:

    Comment by Daniel DiRito — Friday, December 29, 2006 @ 9:00 pm

  3. There is a video leak out now…taken by a cell phone camera

    Comment by sally mae — Sunday, December 31, 2006 @ 2:55 am

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