In Monday afternoon's coverage of last week's cyclone in Myanmar, CNN took the rare step of showing dead bodies — both human and animal — on the screen. A spokesperson said that "the enormity of the story" merited showing corpses, and the anchor did warn that the footage was graphic and disturbing. It is nevertheless a rare occasion when American media show dead human bodies. The spokesperson told the Huffington Post that Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast Asian tsunami in 2005 were both enormous enough to merit graphic footage of dead bodies as well.
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