Huffington Post reports on the latest in bad taste from a Rupert Murdoch outfit.

Sky News has apologized after a reporter began digging through the luggage of a passenger killed aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on air.

The reporter, Colin Brazier, began picking through a victim’s suitcase and holding up items one by one while reporting on the devastating crash, which killed 298 people. Brazier realized his own wrongdoing and stopped himself on live TV, stating, “we shouldn’t really be doing this, I suppose.”

Beyond the breach of etiquette here, I have to wonder about the lack of control over what amounts to a crime scene. Who let Sky News reporters and cameramen walk right into the debris field so that they could rifle through the belongings of the dead?

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