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Sky News jumping the gun again


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Everyone knows that Sky News like to be first with the breaking news, but (just as has happened tens of times before on their news channel) their website might be jumping the gun in its reportage of Prince Philip’s health:

Sky News: Duke of Edinburgh Obituary

One suspects that the headline “The Duke of Edinburgh, The Very Model Of A Modern Royal Consort, Dies Aged 86” might not be welcomed by the Palace right now: I’m not sure if anyone from Sky News reads this site, but if so, you might want to remove this ‘suggested link’ from this page if ever you want any form of Royal interview or exclusive ever again…

This 1,302nd post was filed under: Media, News and Comment.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Mort Karman

by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 05:49 on 7th April 2008.

“Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated!” said the Duke of Edinburgh (or was it Mark Twain
On the other hand, how many people can read their obit and complain about ow it is written?
Isn’t it nice to see responsivle journalism?

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 16:23 on 7th April 2008.

True, but is there anybody less likely to need to check over their obit than a British royal? We only do fawning when one of them pops off… no matter what we said about them in life.

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