NBC implicitly conceded the excesses of its Virginia Tech coverage by assigning Bob Faw to survey the week's events that would have made headlines if the shooting spree had never happened.
Some were indeed significant: mid-Atlantic floods killed six…Sudan disguised its planes as neutral aid transports in order to smuggle arms into Darfur…another corporate CEO was convicted of embezzlement. Some were silly: Presidential candidate John Edwards paid $800 for a pair of haircuts in Beverly Hills…the latest competitor was eliminated from American Idol. As long as we are playing what ifs: if the shooting spree had happened one week earlier, Don Imus would no doubt still have a job. As Faw noted: "Timing is everything."
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