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Sky News Reporter Rummaged Through Passenger Belongings at MH17 Crash Site

Via Deadline Hollywood:

Sky News issued an apology after one of its reporters sifted on air through luggage from one of the victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, the jetliner shot down earlier this week over the Ukraine by what U.S. officials said were pro-separatist rebels using sophisticated anti-aircraft missile systems. All 298 passengers and crew members were killed, their bodies, luggage and other wreckage scattered across several square miles of countryside. One of the reporters covering the resulting investigation, Colin Brazier, was recorded live picking through some of the belongings in a victim’s small yellow suitcase, showing what appears to be a child’s belongings and talking about the enormity of the tragedy. After a few seconds, Brazier can be heard in the clip saying, “We shouldn’t really even be doing this, I suppose.”

The rest here.

An apology was appropriate, and the reporter was in the wrong, but based on the enormity and scope of the disaster, I’ll give anybody a pass for mistakes made in the heat of the moment. 

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