CNN apologizes for giving “balance” short shrift

In a regrettable distraction from their coverage of Kim Kardashian’s booty size, CNN has been forced into numerous rewrites of a headline for their story on the murder of several Jews in Jerusalem.

“Deadly attack on a Jerusalem Mosque” read the original headline, only to be followed by another beauty of a screwed up headline, “4 Israelis, 2 Palestinians killed in Synagogue attack,” omitting the small but salient fact that the two Palestinians were the putzes doing the killing.

Following a tremendous groundswell of outrage in social media, (and a stern talking to by CNN’s Editor-in-chief!), the headline was changed to read “4 Israelis, 2 Palestinians involved in Synagogue disagreement,” which sparked an even greater expression of outrage in social media, ultimately prompting CNN to apologize for the mix-up.

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“We at CNN value balance, worship it really, I mean on ‘knees wailing and sacrificing animals’ kind of worship, and unfortunately our first two headlines did not live up to our high ethical standards.  We have corrected the problem and changed the headline to now read “Jews dead.”

Not to be outdone by their competitor, British-based news organization, the BBC, immediately put up a headline reading “Large sale ongoing at Marks & Spencer. At least 5 Israelis and 2 Palestinians unable to attend.”

Meanwhile, the not-at-all-slanted Fox News focused on President Obama’s reaction to the attack with a headline that read “Obama declares Synagogue attack a draw;” asks if by chance Netanyahu was among the victims.”

In a remarkable, but unrelated coincidence, bulldozers demolished the Jerusalem news bureaus of both CNN and the BBC this afternoon in an apparent renovation mishap.  Sweden is expected to recognize the resulting rubble as an independent nation by noon tomorrow.

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