Channel One’s Columbine Joke

April 27, 2004
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It is difficult to imagine a company that makes more bad decisions than Channel One News.

On April 21, Channel One did something that many have urged them not to do. They ran a story about the anniversary of the Columbine shootings. Was it absolutely necessary to put the Columbine tragedy into schoolchildren’s faces AGAIN?

The producer of that day’s show included the above picture for the captive audience of students, age 10 to 18. Why show these murdering monsters holding their guns as they go about the business of massacring their fellow students?

But that isn’t all. In their infinite wisdom, Channel One News sold one of their news anchor positions that day to Paramount Studios. Actress Lindsay Lohan co-anchors the show so she can plug the April 30 premiere of “Mean Girls.” On the day they run a Columbine Anniversary story, Channel One News promotes a “funny” movie about high school bullying, backstabbing and revenge.

Was this suppose to be some kind of sick joke? Does this make Morgan Wandell and Jim Ritts chuckle?

Wasn’t there anybody at Channel One that had reservations about the content of that day’s program?

Very possibly, all the people that possessed some common sense are now gone from this company.

 

End of April 21, 2004 show:

JANET:AND THAT’S JUST ABOUT IT FOR US, BUT BEFORE WE GO – WE HAVE ONE LAST QUESTION. SO, WAS YOUR OWN HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE IN ANY WAY LIKE YOUR CHARACTER IN YOUR NEW MOVIE, “MEAN GIRLS”?

LINDSAY: IT KIND OF WAS IN SOME WAYS, I MEAN, EVERYONE CAN RELATE TO HIGH SCHOOL IN THEIR OWN WAY. SO MUCH GOES ON. BUT, UH, THE GIRLS WEREN’T THAT MEAN TO ME IN HIGH SCHOOL. I KIND OF GOT ALONG WITH EVERYONE, AND I MADE IT A POINT TO GET ALONG WITH EVERYONE. BUT I DID SWITCH SCHOOLS, SO I CAN RELATE TO CADY MEETING NEW PEOPLE AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

JANET: SO, WELL, WE HAD A GREAT TIME. DID YOU HAVE A GOOD TIME?

LINDSAY: I DID. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

JANET: WELL, THANKS FOR BEING HERE. AND I THINK THAT’S IT FOR US. IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR GUEST ANCHOR, CHECK OUT OUR PHOTO GALLERY AT CHANNELONE.COM. JUST CLICK ON “LINDSAY LOHAN Q & A.” AND, WE’LL SEE YOU GUYS LATER. BYE.

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