CNN Apologizes for Playing 'Only the Good Die Young' After Segment About Sikh Temple Shootings

As NewsBusters previously reported, CNN's Starting Point Monday played Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young" after coming back from a commercial break that followed a segment about the tragic shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

I just received the following statement from a CNN spokesperson:

“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.”

We at NewsBusters certainly appreciate the apology, but given this being at least the second musical error in roughly a week wonder if anyone at CNN is actually paying attention to what's being broadcast.

When you call yourself "the most trusted name in news," shouldn't you behave as if you actually mean it?

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