Wednesday, May 20, 2009

D'oh! Los Angeles Times Ruins the "American Idol" Results For Its West Coast Readers

Adam or Kris? The results are already in, and TV viewers on the East Coast already know which "American Idol" finalist won the big prize.

Unfortunately, so do countless West Coast "Idol" fans, thanks to a breaking news alert from the L.A. Times.

At 7:01 p.m. PT -- an hour before the "Idol" finale was set to air in Los Angeles, and two hours before the results would be seen by West Coasters -- the paper sent out this alert (spoiler removed, don't worry):

Los Angeles Times | May 20, 2009 | 7:01 p.m. PDT
'American Idol' winner revealed

XXX XXXXX was crowned the winner of "American Idol" season 8.

I know what you're thinking: Those young "Idol" fans probably don't read the paper anyway, or subscribe to its breaking news service, so no harm. But that's perhaps part of the problem.

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