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Friday, February 12, 2010

What The Hell, Part 2

Tragedy hit the Olympics before they started today, with the death of Nodar Kumaritashvili, a luge rider from the country of Georgia. He came out of turn 16 and flipped off the track, hit a support column, and was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Supposedly; according to ABC news; the IOC suggested a higher side rail be installed to prevent such accidents, but it wasn't.

If you've seen the video, and I'm sorry I did, you can see that the posts could have been covered and padded, or even had a padded fence placed between them, and it may have saved a life, who knows.

What I do know has to do with seeing the video. Why is it all over the news? I understand pictures telling stories, sometimes they tell too much of it, and make it too graphic. I'd love to hear a network flack tell me why I needed to see the video of a man dying to understand a man died.

The stills of him on the side of the track, with rescue workers trying to save him was enough to show me he wasn't going to make it. I didn't need to see an 80 mph slide into a steel post to understand it.

I hope that other views follow my lead and e-mail or otherwise contact the networks to tell them that sometimes there is such a thing as "too much information", and this was a case of it.

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3Comments:

Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

And the IOC blames the luger for the accident. Despicable.

8:37 AM  
Blogger vab423 said...

Hey Bob, this is the same media that thought it was a good thing to show a Marine's death, against the wishes of his family. I have no doubt the networks would tell me the people had a right and a need to see this tragedy. Hope you guys are well!

Vicki

6:09 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Holy Cow Vicki, you are still around! I think I may have lost your e-mail address.
YOu are right, the media wants us to think we have a "right" to see that. I have no more right to see that poor guy's demise than I do to see someone's grandmother slip away in the hospital.

3:33 PM  

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