Newswire: CNN’s doomsday video leaks to the Internet

There are few certainties about the end of the world, but in 1980, Ted Turner knew one: that no matter what specific crisis led to civilization’s collapse, CNN would be there to misreport it. In his recorded announcement broadcast at the launch of his fledgling, 24-hour news network, Turner promised, “We won’t be signing off until the world ends. We’ll be on, we’ll be covering it live, and that will be our last, last event. We’ll play the national anthem for one time on the first of June, and that’s all. When the end of the world comes, we’ll play ‘Nearer My God To Thee’ before we sign off.”

It was a typically bold statement from the man who thought that TV news should fill 24 hours, Casablanca should be colorized, and the Earth could be saved by a superhero with the awesome …

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