CNN is turning into that friend you can't trust to pick a song at karaoke: It played Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young" soon after a segment Monday on the Sikh temple shooting.
The song choice has unsurprisingly elicited some second guessing. It came just over a week after CNN, which prides itself on being nonpartisan, preceeded a segment about Sarah Palin with the song "Stupid Girls."
Following a "Starting Point" report on the temple shooting and a commercial break Monday, the show returned with "Only the Good Die Young" as the lead-in to a political segment unrelated to the shooting.
The song includes the lines, "Well, they showed you a statue/told you to pray/They built you a temple and locked you away/But they never told you the price that you pay/Things that you might have done/Only the good die young."
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The song was selected from "Starting Point" panelist Hank Sheinkopf's playlist. Sheinkopf is a Democratic political consultant who in this case had a tin ear.
"We aired a song from a guest’s playlist on the morning show following a three-minute commercial break and before a segment on presidential politics, unrelated to the Wisconsin shooting," the network said in a statement. "Given the news of the day, this was regrettable and we apologize to our viewers.”
The network said last week that the Palin intro was unintentional.
The gaffes were caught by conservative site NewsBusters. Here's video from the site (with the three-minute break edited out):