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CNN Accidentally Puts Obituaries for Still-Living Celebrities on Public Web Server

You have to wonder how much credibility CNN has left. Nearly a week after the incredible revelations by CNN executive Eason Jordan that CNN did not tell anything approaching the complete story of the now-deposed regime in Iraq comes the embarassing disclosure of what could best be described as provisional obituaries for major media figures like Dick Cheney and Pope John Paul II. This story was broken by The Smoking Gun and FARK.com.

We have all heard that media organizations prepare obituaries on celebrities in advance, in case they need to be used. But, web-based media organizations like CNN.com ought to be smart enough to keep those obituaries on a staging server behind the firewall. Right?

The question that probably ties this story together best is: Why didn't they set one up for Saddam Hussein?

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