The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and...Ah!
It says a lot for our modern-day news that a vehicle, likely transporting at least a small group of people, taking a plunge off a cliff is actually considered "filler." I have to agree with Greta on this, though, I've never actually seen a headline dealing with a bus plunge (though I know now it's just used as a term to describe any accident that can be covered briefly yet thoroughly). Regardless, I can already anticipate the reaction this piece's dark humor will motivate from many of its readers:
Reporters are jerks.
However, this is not the impression I was left with. There's nothing disrespectful or flippant about the coverage of the event. Reporters can't help it if "bus" and "plunge" fit nicely on a page. Allowing the reporters some gallows humor to help them through the destruction and crime they routinely deal with is, in my opinion, not an unreasonable request. Logically thinking, if each time a reporter wrote of an accident, he/she spent hours crying over the mishap, little would ever get written, and all that did, would be smeared with tears and useless sentimentality.
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