Live coverage of a stroke?

There’s an awful story developing out of Los Angeles today, made worse by the initial viral nature of this video by people who at first thought it was funny. CBS reporter Serene Branson stumbled badly during a live report during the Grammy awards last night, giving every outward sign she was having a stroke.

(Update 2:21 p.m. – CBS is working hard to get all video of the incident taken down. As usual on the Internet, it pops up in different places every time they succeed in shutting one down.)

Unfortunately, we don’t have anything more on the story except that Branson has been hospitalized. The station’s Web site says nothing about the incident.

Update 1:02 p.m. – Station Web site says no hospitalization.

  • Jim Shapiro

    Godspeed to Ms Branson in her recovery. While anyone with any medical knowledge would know that there was probably some neurological reason for her speech pattern, many others might find it humorous. Most, upon learning that she had had a stroke, would feel badly for her. A small percentage would feel no compassion or remorse and still find it funny.

    I’m more concerned about the significantly larger percentage of people who believe that the president is a Moslim communist born in Africa, and those that think the earth was created in 6 days six thousand years ago.

  • BReynolds

    Wow. Scary stuff. Any word on what happened next with the broadcast? I know Paul Magers is a seasoned vet, and has seen it all, but that would scare the bejeebus out of me.

    Here’s hoping she is OK. Yikes.

  • Bob Collins

    There’s very little news being released on her condition.

  • Mike

    I heard through the grapevine that she suffered from Epilepsy, and that she did not take her medicine which may have caused this.

  • Kassie

    I saw this and was directed by someone saying it was funny. I watched and immediately thought, “oh, she’s having a stroke.” Not funny at all. And, sad that so many people don’t know the symptoms of strokes.