Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Good Taste Be Damned!

Upon receiving this afternoon's "breaking news" that the Rev. Jerry Falwell had, first, been found unconscious in his office; then was in "seriously grave" (or perhaps it was "gravely serious") condition; then had expired, two things came to my impious mind:

First, how can they call it "breaking news" when it has nothing to do with Anna Nicole's baby, David Hasselhoff, or Dancing with the Stars?

Second, inasmuch as the Rev. Falwell was wont to blame the occurrence of Bad Things on the Wrath of God (for instance, 9/11 happened because God, or at least Falwell, was mad that we're not being mean enough toward gay people), what do you suppose Falwell did to tick off the Almighty so much that He smote him down in his own office? Must've been something real bad.

Perhaps God likes the Teletubbies after all.

Here's an oddity from this afternoon's "breaking news": Upon the first report (unconscious), I went to Google News and saw several hits all indicating the same thing. Out of curiosity, I went to Wikipedia to see how old a man Falwell was, and was surprised to see that he was already listed as being deceased, as of today's date. Back to Google News (and the refresj button), which by now was indicating he was "seriously grave" and "unresponsive." It was at least another 10 minutes before the e-mail news alerts arrived indicating that he had died. I tried Google News again, and of course the news sources had updated.

But one does wonder about Wikipedia. Is it their somewhat notorious reputation for lacking veracity? Or had God shared his plans with them earlier?

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