If MTV had taken a couple or so days to prepare a real honest to goodness tribute (like it took a few days for a couple of the other cable networks to air some of her movies after), then I would have been a lot more accepting with them not doing much on the night of Whitney's passing. But it just seemed so half-assed. Throw on the same 5 or 6 music videos for an hour, then be done. Back to Snooki. And that was pretty much that for that channel. Though BET and VH-1 Classic did do a better job. MTV may not have meant it like that, but that's how it came across as to me. And all the technical glitches didn't help either. And yes, more news bulletins would have helped too. As much as what could be needed. I've seen some older videos of their coverage of Kurt Cobain and Tupac's deaths on YouTube, and I was saying to myself "Yes, this is how things should have been done for Whitney."
Not taking the time to do anything for Dick Clark and Donna Summer was unacceptable IMO.
I'm not talking about Whitney or anyone else's funeral. What I and pzimm7778 are talking about are news break-ins and just a general way of keeping viewers informed of what was going on. MTV had one guy stand in a dark studio for a couple or so interludes in between the few music videos they showed at 11 PM and that was that. They could have done some bulletins before when the news broke, or dug out some archive interview footage or something to air with the music videos. They didn't do any of that.
Donna Summer was one of the artists that helped make MTV popular in their early days. There was no excuse for not doing anything for her.
But then again this is the same channel that did absolutely nothing for their 30th anniversary last year (everything was left once again up to VH-1 Classic, a channel a lot of people don't have). So I'm not surprised. They've been horrid lately when it comes to doing anything involving someone or something's legacy.