Date: 26th February 2001

Colomnist Denounces Earnhardt Exploitation

New York Post sports columnist Phil Mushnick has blasted cable shopping channels for exploiting last week's death of race-car driver Dale Earnhardt. "Friday, the good folks at ValueVision, 36 percent owned by NBC, seized upon Earnhardt's death to turn the network into VultureVision. It offered a framed newspaper story that carried news of Earnhardt's death for only $102," Mushnick wrote. On Saturday, "the Shop at Home Network offered an 8x10 framed photo of Earnhardt alongside his autographed auto racing card for the low, low, posthumous price of $999.95. The shill said (sniff, sniff) that there were only dozens left, so (sniff) step on it."

Source: Studio Briefing