Reagan Lives, Obit Expires

By: Wayne Robins

To turn around the famous Saturday Night Live phrase about Generalissimo Franco remaining dead, President Ronald Reagan is still alive, although links to his obituary are not.

Last week, an obituary package on the ailing 91-year-old former president prepared by Scripps Howard News Service (SHNS), and clearly marked “Embargoed,” made the rounds of online news groups, Web logs such as Metafilter, and was even for a short time on the Google search engine.

“This feature was taken from our Web site, which is for news clients only and not the public, without permission and against our clearly stated warning,” said Karen Timmons, SHNS’ managing editor. “We hope that it will be many years before newspapers need to publish this information.”

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