I don't know what Kendra's deal was, but Kaylee makes her way out to the balcony. Jim finds her there, followed by Neal. Neal is still bouncing up and down in delight over bin Laden's death. Jim asks Kaylee why she isn't happy right now. Kaylee ignores him and tells Neal she thought she would "feel better" when bin Laden died, but she doesn't. It turns out that her father died in 9/11. Wow, her dad died in one terrorist attack and Neal almost died in another? This is one couple with terrible luck and a personal connection to every news event ACN covers. Meanwhile, Jim might want to back off and give Kaylee and Neal some space. He doesn't.
Jane in D.C. is kind of furious that Charlie is making them wait to report. "We are the only ones who have double confirmation!" she says. Um, no -- the New York Times does too, and reported this, like, three weeks ago at this point. Jane demands to go on the air with the news, accusing MacKenzie of holding back so Will can deliver the news instead. "I don't want it reported like the Redskins won the Super Bowl!" says the woman who just led her entire office in a round of applause for bin Laden being dead. Jane says she will not wait on this and picks up the phone to her reporter. He starts talking about how he "just received confirmation," so MacKenzie orders the control room guy to cut the feed. And ACN just went off the air. It's color bars. Everyone else is reporting that bin Laden is dead and ACN is color bars. MacKenzie thinks this is funny. No one is watching ACN at this point. After about 30 seconds, MacKenzie has the feed restored. She tells Jane that if she tries that again, she'll be off the air for the rest of the night. She might as well be, since she's not doing anything worth watching. "The announcement will be made by the face and voice of Atlantis Cable News: Will McAvoy," MacKenzie says, as if she's won something.
Let's sum up what just happened: MacKenzie will not let a perfectly fine anchor who is not baked off her ass report a well-sourced piece of information that every other outlet is reporting at this point because ACN's president contributed to a few deaths 20 years ago and can't deal with it still and MacKenzie would rather have a guy is barely coherent and just confused Obama with Osama tell the world what they already know instead. This is just fantastic professional journalism, you guys. Murrow used to go on the air after eating 18 pot cookies. Cronkite announced JFK's death three weeks after everyone else did while tripping on acid. Thank you, Sorkin, for giving us this gift of How the News Should Be Delivered.