I’ve been stewing over this (link via TVNewser) since I saw it on ReplayTV this evening when I got home (no streaming video capability at work). It’s so ridiculous but at the same time it’s really sad. This never should have seen air. The fact that as far as I know MSNBC never came back to the story and we never did see the Ostrich is telling. What’s perplexing is that MSNBC.com put the video up. I would have thought they’d want to bury it as quickly as possible.
Watching poor Chris Jansing being forced to ad lib through this (at one point blurting out “I went to College…I just want everyone to know that…”) made me wince. I felt badly for her. Jay Barbree nailed it when he said he didn’t know if that was breaking news (Jansing agreed she didn’t know either) and joked that he had a bicycle crash and wanted to know if they wanted to cover that. I hope Dan Abrams was watching this and realizes that yes indeed there are limits to what constitutes breaking news. Time for remedial training of your producer corps methinks.