Morning Edition: May 15, 2015

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B.B. King has died.

THE THRILL IS GONE, BUT HIS LEGEND WILL LIVE ON AND ON

The guitar king died at the age of 89. We saw him perform in 1969 at Fillmore West in San Francisco. For more details, see http://abcn.ws/1K9GjhM

IT’S STILL THE REPUBLICANS’ FAULT

Amtrak reportedly had installed a speed control system on the track where a train crashed, but the setup was not switched on.

According to a top congressional aide, Amtrak told the House Appropriations Committee that the system was installed along the section of track outside Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, where the crash occurred. We think it’s not an infrastructure problem, but a people problem. For more details, see http://washex.am/1JMpLt5

CHARLIE BLOWHARD

Charles Blow, a New York Times columnist who is black, has done almost as much damage to race relations as the Rev. Al Sharpton. In his latest foray into sucking up to President Obama, Mr. Blow tried to justify the president’s inane view that Fox News is one of the main reasons for difficulties between blacks and whites. We think Mr. Blow has become Johnny One Note. He needs to broaden his horizon or perhaps return to his expertise, which is graphics. For more information, see http://nyti.ms/1E7mTlt

GEORGIE BOY

We really don’t understand why ABC chief  anchor and former Clinton adviser George Stephanopoulos is getting off so easily for violating basic ethical standards in journalism. We worked for ABC News and know that he ignored the network’s big book on standards and practices.

Maybe he’s not as bad as NBC’s Brian Williams, but his actions surpass those of ESPN’s Keith Olbermann, who gave $7,200 to a political campaign. Mr. Olbermann got suspended for two days when he was with MSNBC. We think Mr. Stephanopoulos should sit in the corner for at least a few weeks. Liberals are apoplectic that ABC’s main man may give credence to complaints that the media are biased. We don’t need any further proof. For more details, see http://wapo.st/1HfWNBo

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