Harsher in Hindsight: Homer (as a teenager) ruined Barney's life by giving him beer the night before his SATs, and before Barney became a drunk, he was an honors student with his sights set for Harvard University. And if that's not depressing enough, watch Barney's short film on "A Star is Burns" about how his alcoholism has ruined his life.
Hilarity Ensues: Arnie Pye being asked to go out and provide video footage of a severe blizzard, with known whiteout conditions, at Widow's Peak. Dangerous enough even in fair-weather conditions, station management at normal TV stations would never put their reporters in that sort of extreme danger. Assuming Pye survived the crash — word is he did, as he appears in future episodes — he likely would have sued Channel 5 (or if he lost his life, his family would), Kent Brockman and the station's owners for everything they had plus a large amount of punitive damages, and everyone would lose their jobs and be blacklisted from every job in every profession, even scrubbing toilets or cleaning horse stalls. Additionally, OSHA would likely levy huge fines on both the station, its owners and every one of its managers, and specifically and especially Brockman; every advertiser would boycott the station in record time (perhaps even before the first commercial began airing), the Federal Communications Commission would likely revoke the station's license and force the signal off the air ... all swift action to send Brockman a message that lives, safety and common sense are far more important than a juicy news story to gain ratings interest.