Strange Brouhaha

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

From the "Not Paying Attention" department

Okay, CNN just had an ad for the tonight's Paula Zahn show: "The Death of Steve Irwin: Does Adventure T.V. Go Too Far?"

It's a legitimate question (especially if you've ever seen "Survivorman"), but it has very little to do with the way The Croc Hunter went out. He swam over a reef, surprised a ray and took a stinger through his chest, at least according to all the news reports and according to the show's producer. That's got very little to do with "Adventure T.V." Maybe if a croc had taken a bite out of his chest, or he got tagged by a black mamba while holding it, or if he got eaten by sharks while swimming, you could ask that question.

But "going too far" and "horrible accident" are polar opposites; there was no showing off involved. At least as far as I understand it.


  • (Fj) I saw a headline somwhere ""Crocodile Hunter" fatally stung by sting ray". Duh. He wasn't "stung", as you report, he got a barb in the chest. Another example of uninformed media.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:35 PM  

  • But, I thought stingrays still had a neurotoxin, which is why it was fatal when it usually isn't. So, "stung" is still technically correct.

    By Blogger Terry, at 11:57 PM  

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