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NBC Philadelphia Went All-Out with Their Coverage of Falling Airplane Tires, Which Were Actually Just Truck Tires

Kyle Scott - October 22, 2012

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NBC Philadelphia just made a big boner.

This morning, reports surfaced that a tire went through the roof of a building alongside the Schuylkill Expressway in Grays Ferry. There was a serious accident nearby, and the hole was the result of truck tire that flew (quite literally) off the road and crashed into the roof of a public housing building.

But that’s not the conclusion local news outlets briefly jumped to. Their version? AIRPLANE TIRE FALLS FROM SKY.

Apparently, an eyewitness and a call from “Fire Radio” hinted that the tire may have been from an airplane. FOX briefly went with that version on their website, but covered themselves by citing said witness.

NBC had no time for such caution. Hell, they even managed to confirm something that didn’t happen (!!!).

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I guess they were able to rule out Wayward Shell From Rainbow Road.

They went full-bore with their live coverage, complete with this series of shameful headlines, banners and words:

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Their live coverage consisted of 30 minutes of conjecture about how a tire could fall off an airplane, how an airplane over Philly may suffer a grim fate, the irony of the building and hole being right near a major car accident, and other general OH MY GOD AIRPLANE TIRES ARE FALLING FROM OUR SKIES sensationalism.

When the folks from NBC learned that the tire came from a truck involved in the nearby accident, not an airplane (as first reported by 6 ABC), they spent the next 10 minutes trying to figure out how a truck tire could become airborne, which, if you’ve ever seen something like that first-hand (unfortunately, I have), isn’t all that hard to comprehend. It turns out, an object moving at 60 mph that gets slingshotted off an axel can take on a life of its own. Wild, I know.

Next up: your local weather. NBC is reporting mild temperatures with a chance of Jesus tears this weekend. ABC and CBS are saying we can just expect a little rain. Either way, you'll need an umbrella.

Michael Vick Got a Flat Tire in Maryland, Gave Little Girls a Thrill

Kyle Scott - October 19, 2012

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Perhaps fittingly, Michael Vick broke down halfway to his home in Virginia.

Somewhere on Route 113, in Maryland, right in front of an auto body shop, Vick’s Lexus got a flat tire. Workers from the nearby shop didn’t know who Vick was, but its owner, an Eagles fan, did.

While his car was being worked on (presumably gratis), gymnasts from a nearby, um, gym came out to meet Vick and take pictures with him. Vick was more than happy to oblige, giving some little girls the thrill of their life: []

As he and his mechanics worked to bring the Lexus across the highway to the shop, Carmella Solito of the adjacent Twisters Gymnastics came out to see what was going on.

“She came out with her hands on her hips and wanted to know why we were blocking her driveway,” Derrickson said, laughing.

Solito was no longer worried about her driveway when she found out whose car was in the way.

“I said ‘Oh my God, what are you doing here?’ ” she recalled.

Eager to make the most of the experience, Solito invited Vick into her gym, where dozens of children were working on becoming athletes themselves. When she saw he had his wife and two young daughters with them, she encouraged them all to come in.

Vick, she said, talked to the gymnasts while she showed his girls around the facility.

“He was very nice,” she said. “He told them if they worked hard, it would pay off.”

She said Vick was great with the crowd of kids.

“I felt kind of bad, there were about 100 kids here,” she said. “There were little ones just hanging off his leg.”


What's this?! Something not a staged PR event? +1 for Vick.

H/T to (@CodyJBenjamin)