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CNN’s obit for Fidel Castro

News organizations typically prepare obituaries of famous people years in advance, so that they can rush to print in the event of a sudden death. Some boneheads at CNN apparently put online the mockups for their obits of Fidel Castro, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and others. Fark.com found them and gleefully posted the URLs online. Twenty minutes later, CNN took them down, but the folks at the Smoking Gun took screenshots that you can see here.

Jarringly, they all use text from Reagan’s obit. But the headlines and quotes give a nice flavor of how CNN plans to immemorialize the others. I love Castro’s quote!

(Thanks to Media Bistro for finding this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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