CNN: 'Regrettable' to play 'Only the Good Die Young' after Sikh Temple Shoo

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CNN apologized for playing the Billy Joel song “Only the Good Die young” after a July 6 report on the July 5 shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple, Politico reported.

The apology read:

“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.”

Huffington Post noted that “even worse was the specific portion of the song the network played.”  According to Huffington Post, the lines aired were:

“Well they showed you a statue, 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 the things that you might have done/Only the good die young”

Check out the video on Newsbusters‘ website.

We wrote late last month when CNN apologized for playing the song “Stupid Girls” before a story on Sarah Palin.

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CNN: ‘Regrettable’ to play ‘Only the Good Die Young’ after Sikh Temple Shooting

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