NBC's closer by Dawn Fratangelo concerned the race horse Barbaro. The Kentucky Derby champion had failed to recover after surgery for the leg he broke in the Preakness Stakes--Fratangelo played that "still painful to watch" video one more time. His veterinarians had to put the horse to death. Even though Barbaro was the final item of the newscast, where the least consequential of stories are to be found, Brian Williams felt he had to justify paying so much attention to a mere horse: some folks "will want to know why, with all that is going on in our world, we chose to spend even some of our precious airtime on a thoroughbred horse"…the answer is that "the world lost a great competitor today."
Not so ABC. Unapologetically, it made Barbaro its lead. Introducing Dan Harris' story, anchor Gibson asserted that Barbaro was "not just any other horse."
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