Watched in Horror

KTVU’s increasingly loathsome (or maybe just pathetic and strange) “The Ten O’Clock News” offered these items back-to-back tonight:

“Take a look at this surveillance video, and you will understand why a motorcyclist is thankful to be alive. Twenty-five-year-old Zach Perez was rear-ended on a Dallas freeway last month, and he went flying, but managed to roll away from other cars despite being in intense pain. Perez broke two ribs, four vertebrae, and lost his spleen, but he is alive. “

Last month? You mean March? That’s news? Are you kidding me? Where’s his spleen? Well, it’s graphic video, and such an upbeat ending. Unlike our next story.

“A daredevil stunt at a county fair in England went wrong, and a man called ‘The Human Cannonball’ has died. Police in Kent say the 23-year-old man was fired out of the cannon 40 feet into the air, but the safety net failed to open properly and the man fell to earth as the crowd watched in horror. The stunt show has been canceled while authorities investigate.”

Me, too. Watched in horror. No need to investigate.

2 Replies to “Watched in Horror”

  1. Funny, I had the exact same reactions to these two pieces last night. Only, I felt cheated that they could show us the video of the motorcyclist getting squished (“take a look at this video!”) but not the human cannonball being launched.
    If the motorcycle story had happened locally, no doubt KTVU would have lead with it.

  2. All human cannonball launches should be recorded for posterity! I could only find stock “HCB” footage. That is a “helluvan” oversight. Where would have been if cell phones had been confiscated at Saddam Hussein’s hanging? BTW…can you link me up to the motorcycle video? You know, just to satisfy my curiosity.

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