We all see dead people!

Problem is…

they are not dead yet.

But CNN thinks they are.

From The Smoking Gun website :

While all news organizations prepare obituaries in advance of the deaths of famous individuals, the folks at CNN inadvertently gave the Internet-surfing public a chance to preview how the network’s web site would note the demise of Vice President Dick Cheney, Ronald Reagan, and a few other prominent figures. Until earlier this afternoon, a CNN server housed mock-ups of web pages announcing the yet-to-happen deaths. The CNN pages, which were discovered by the intrepid folks at fark.com, were yanked about 20 minutes after being exposed (though TSG was able to grab a few of the pages for posterity’s sake). The premature obituaries, housed in a publicly accessible area of the CNN server and searchable via Google, were apparently the work of Peter Rentz, a senior multimedia designer at CNN. The mock-ups are virtually identical to the obituary design currently used by CNN when a notable person dies (click here to see how CNN covered the Queen Mother’s March 2002 death). In fact, elements of the Queen Mum’s obit template can be seen in the below Cheney design. In addition to Cheney and Reagan, CNN also prepped online farewells to Fidel Castro, Bob Hope, Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, and Gerald Ford.

Haha, this is hilarious. Reminds me of that Saturday Night Live skit where Tom Brokaw has to tape a segment announcing Gerald Ford’s death. They were pretty funny and included one where Zimbabwe invades the United states and Gerald Ford dies, Gerald Ford is mauled by a lion, France is destroyed by a meteor and Gerald Ford dies, etc. It was hilarious. :smiley:

Yes, I remember the SNL skit. It was one of the funniest.

Doing obituary on people before they die, man, that’s just cold.