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CNN Has Apologized for Playing Billy Joel’s ‘Only the Good Die Young’ After a Report on the Sikh Temple Shooting

CNN has apologized for playing Billy Joel’s ‘Only the Good Die Young’ after a discussion on the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin.  (Police killed the shooter after he killed six people.  Three others were critically injured.)

Here’s CNN’s statement:  Quote, “We aired a song from a guest’s playlist on the morning show following a three-minute commercial break and before a segment on presidential politics, unrelated to the Wisconsin shooting.

“Given the news of the day, this was regrettable and we apologize to our viewers.”

Assuming it was a coincidence, it was a VERY unfortunate one for CNN.  They played the lead-in to the first verse, which features these lyrics:

“Well they showed you a statue and told you to pray

They built you a temple and locked you away

Ah but they never told you the price that you pay

For things that you might have done.

Only the good die young.”

You have to wonder if anyone would’ve noticed if they used a different portion of the song.

Here’s video of how this played out from

CNN’s “Starting Point” has guest contributors provide a playlist for their appearances.  This one was chosen by guest Hank Sheinkopf.

Less than two weeks ago, CNN had to apologize for playing Pink’s “Stupid Girls” as the lead-in to a segment about Sarah Palin.

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