CNN blames premature obituaries on human error


18 Apr 200356 Views

CNN blamed human error for exposing obituary mock-ups that its website’s designers had prepared for Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope and other prominent figures.

The mock-ups had been on a development site meant for internal review. But the public briefly had access to them after the password protection was disabled.

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CNN was investigating the cause of the error, which was discovered and fixed earlier this week. CNN spokesperson Edna Johnson says technicians were trying to determine how long the mock-ups had been exposed on CNN.com. Although the prepared obituaries were no longer accessible to the public, the search engine Google still had a reference on Thursday to Reagan’s mock-up, which was entitled “Ronald Reagan Remembered”.

By Lisa Deeney