Thursday, January 15, 2009

Plane crash funnies

On Fox just now a reporter was interviewing a rabbi who had prayed with some of the passengers of the plane that crashed into the Hudson today. As the reporter was blabbing his first questions ("what did the passengers say?," etc.) an actual passenger walked by. The reporter turned away from the rabbi and yelled, "Can I ask you a few questions?" but got no response, as the passenger was already surrounded three-deep by reporters.

The Fox guy turned back to the rabbi and said, "Okay, go ahead." The rabbi, looking slightly miffed, started talking ("They were all so relieved and thankful") when another passenger walked by. This time the reporter turned away and actually ran toward the survivor, bawling questions and leaving the poor rabbi just standing there.

No luck again, so the reporter finally came back to the rabbi, who had a look like, "Don't do that again," but who, of course, didn't have anything surprising to say.

Smoking Gun has a line so bizarre it's a new dimension of bizarre (the bizarro dimension, to coin a term):
Meet Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, III, the US Airways pilot who today amazingly crash-landed a US Airways jet in New York's Hudson River without any apparent fatalities. The heroic Sullenberger, 57, has worked for US Airways since 1980, and before that spent more than six years as a U.S. Air Force F-4 fighter pilot. Sullenberger, who now must be considered the front runner to replace Hillary Clinton as New York's junior United States Senator, is also the founder of Safety Reliability Methods.
Update: The reporter with the rabbi was Rick Leventhal, who sounds pretty good judging by his wiki. Active, anyway. Just guessing (with the aid of stereotyping), but I bet he's Jewish. When were you last at synagogue, young man?

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