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Tech glitch prematurely publishes Bush obit
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Tech glitch prematurely publishes Bush obit

Published: 01 Jan 2013 12:03 GMT+01:00
Updated: 01 Jan 2013 12:03 GMT+01:00

The website of leading German news magazine Der Spiegel has been embarrassed after a technical glitch prematurely published an obituary for former US President George Bush senior.

The 88-year-old retired politician is currently battling bronchitis, but an obit written by Spiegel’s US correspondent was briefly published on Sunday before it was quickly noticed by readers.

Rüdiger Ditz, the editor-in-chief of the magazine’s website, said “technical oversight” allowed the article to go out on the publication’s Twitter and RSS feeds.

Most major news organizations prepare profiles for important people before they die, but the Bush piece referred to nonexistent “elegiac” US obituaries.

It also said Bush senior was a largely “colourless” politicians until compared with his son, former US President George W. Bush, who is widely disliked in Germany. The first American leader was the “better Bush,” according to the premature obit.

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12:42 January 1, 2013 by jodendal
maybe someone should publish by accident of cause a mistake about Nelson Mandela mysterious death or his he alive? Nobody has seen him in ages, might be the same case for old goergy...
13:02 January 1, 2013 by Tonne
Mmm, so it was a "technical oversight" was it? So like "computer errors" no actual person was responsible, it was all the fault of the dumb computer. HAL rules OK!

Happy New Year.
13:16 January 1, 2013 by zeddriver
I wish the media. Any media. Whether they are right or left leaning would have a little respect in their dissertations concerning a former leaders obituary. It does not matter whether one was liked or disliked by that particular organization. One should at least be respectful. Or just say nothing.

I agree Tonne. I don't imagine the computer hit it's own enter button.
17:38 January 1, 2013 by lucksi
It's nothing new that news organisations have stuff like this in prefab.

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