It seems as if the news media is prepared for anything, with rumors of pre-written obituaries of famous people or coverage of some possibly future catastrophic event. A video was recently unearthed of what CNN plans to broadcast should the world ever come to an end. So, if you happen to be watching the 24-hour news station and the following video were to air, note that things aren’t looking so good.
When Ted Turner founded CNN, he once stated, “Barring satellite problems, we won’t be signing off until the world ends.” He also stated:
“We’ll be on, and we will cover the end of the world, live, and that will be our last event. We’ll play the National Anthem only one time, on the first of June, and when the end of the world comes, we’ll play ‘Nearer My God to Thee’ before we sign off.”
CNN’s first newscast commenced on June 1, 1980. ‘Nearer My God to Thee’, a song you may find familiar, is what many believe the band played when the ‘Titanic’ sank.
Michael Ballaban, ‘Jalopnik’ writer and former intern at the ‘Situation Room’ with Wolf Blitzer, found the video in CNN’s database back in 2009. It’s titled “TURNER DOOMSDAY VIDEO” with the note, “HFR [hold for release] till end of the world confirmed.”
The video surfaced online a couple weeks ago. Talk of the video’s existence circulated since 1988.
The logistics of confirming the end of the world is anyone’s guess. Plus, I wouldn’t want to be the remaining CNN employee that has to determine when to air that video.
Whether or not this video was made in jest to Ted Turner’s comments, there’s certainly something hilariously cryptic about it.