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The Hazards of Live TV: #25,150

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on October 20, 2018 by icn2

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these and if I hadn’t have stumbled upon it by accident yesterday, I never would have posted it. Contessa Brewer’s reaction is priceless…

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,149

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on September 27, 2016 by icn2

Man who is running things over at 30 Rock these days? How the hell could MSNBC possibly get a CNN branded graphic into its library of video backgrounds and not have someone pick up on it.

This is beyond embarrassing…

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,148

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on June 6, 2016 by icn2

Dear Anonymous Cameraman,

Ok…this was a complete Charlie Foxtrot. Totally unprofessional. The F-bomb was bad enough but that wasn’t the big transgression…

You called Chris Jansing “Dude”!


This is a dude…


Annnnnnd…this is Chris Jansing…

Not Dude


Are we clear?



The Hazards of Not So Live TV: #25,147

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on April 27, 2016 by icn2

Don’t play hoops with Bernie

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,146

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on December 28, 2015 by icn2

At least Poppy Harlow didn’t pass out on camera…

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,145

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on December 15, 2015 by icn2

Ted who?

And so we come to today’s Morning Joe, which displayed an image of tonight’s Vegas debate stage. Photos of all the candidates appear at their assigned slots. With one exception. Ted Cruz is nowhere to be found! Simple mistake . . . or diabolical left-wing media plot to purge the #2 Republican contender? The truth is out there!

We’ll give MSNBC the benefit of doubt, though perhaps some production assistant thought this would be a funny prank. So readers, if MSNBC were going to remove a Dem from the debate stage, who would you like it to be?

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,144

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on September 2, 2015 by icn2

Robo cam operator asleep?

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,143

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on August 19, 2015 by icn2


Math was never my strong suit. Apparently that’s something I share in common with FBN…

The Hazards of Being Eric Bolling: #25,142

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on August 12, 2015 by icn2

Well, leave it to Eric Bolling to figure out a way to skirt FNC’s quasi-ban on talking about Trump’s Megyn Kelly remarks to Don Lemon on CNN by using them as an analogy to something completely different. I must say the reaction shots by Dana Perino and Kimberly Guilfoyle are priceless.

What’s the over/under that Bolling got a talking to?

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,141

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on July 16, 2015 by icn2

It’s a two-fer…

This… (If you have Chrome do note what your tab says Mediaite wrote)

During its coverage of the shooting death of four Marines in Chattanooga, Tenn., Fox News falsely reported that an ISIS account had tweeted about the attack just as it was starting.


But that’s because whoever made the screengrab was in a different time zone. Looking at the original tweet while logged into an Eastern time-set account reveals that it was actually made hours after the attack:

I’m a little surprised FNC hasn’t put out a correction by now, if Mediaite has got this timeline thing nailed down cold.

Update (9pm PST): Mediaite still hasn’t updated their story but FNC did subsequently note the timezone discrepancy later on in the 6pm ET hour.

and this

MSNBC terrorism analyst: there’s “no evidence” attacks connected to terrorism.
Honest. He said that.

I am curious about when the analyst said that as that could influence how that statement should be viewed. Though I have to admit that terrorism was the first thing that leapt into my head when I heard about this.

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,140

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on July 13, 2015 by icn2

Well this was predictable. If FNC is smart it won’t bother trying other hosts for the fifth slot and just ink Rivera right now. Sure, it’ll be train wreck TV but it will generate eyeballs and in the end that’s what POV programming is really all about, isn’t it?

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,139

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on June 27, 2015 by icn2

Breaking News: CNN conflates ISIS with Dildos and Butt Plugs. Don Lemon should be able to get at least a 2 hour special out of this…

In this clip, a CNN anchor and editor fail to recognize that what they have identified as an “ISIS flag” is actually a flag of dildos and butt plugs, rendered in the style of ISIS.

“If you look at the flag closely, it’s clearly not Arabic,” CNN’s Lucy Pawle admits. “In fact, it looks like it could be gobbledegook. But it’s very distinctively the ISIS flag.” Heh.

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,138

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on June 13, 2015 by icn2

NewsBusters’ Tim Graham writes about something Fredricka Whitfield said today she probably wishes she hadn’t now…

During a discussion on the Dallas Police headquarters shooting on Saturday afternoon, CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield bizarrely referred to the shooter’s actions as “very courageous and brave,” before adding “crazy as well.” It happened at 1:10 PM Eastern time

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,137

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on June 9, 2015 by icn2

Well okay the graphics department at CNN screwed up by pasting the words “New York” on top of Pennsylvania. But I file this kind of HOLTV under the heading “S*** happens”. I don’t go on to (gleefully) rub it in by listing other CNN graphical “blasts from the past” like NewsBusters did today.

The Hazards of Live Periscoping: #25,136

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on May 19, 2015 by icn2

Shots Fired! (via CNNC)

BTW, the video’s poster overstates things in the title. Blasts isn’t the word I’d use here. The language would have to a a lot stronger than that to qualify for “blasts”…

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,135

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on May 4, 2015 by icn2

Uh…not good.

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith apologized Monday afternoon, after a Fox News producer reported witnessing police in Baltimore chasing a man–who may have been unarmed–and then seeming to shoot him. Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin also described witnessing a handgun on the ground and hearing a gunshot at the scene. But there was no shooting. “Sounds like what happened is we screwed up,” said Smith.

Update: Johnny Dollar has video of one of the “eyewitness” reports…

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,134

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on April 29, 2015 by icn2

I’m late to this but it couldn’t be helped. Yesterday Brooke Baldwin put her foot in it pretty good when making some commentary on the Baltimore situation. NewsBusters’ Curtis Houck wrote it up

While speaking with Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings (Md.), Baldwin recalled a conversation with a Baltimore City councilman about police officers not living “in the communities” they represent when she remarked that: “I love our nation’s veterans, but some of them are coming back from war, they don’t know the communities, and they’re ready to do battle.”

You can guess what happened next. Later on in the day Baldwin apologized.

I am sorry for what I said earlier about veterans. It was wrong and I apologize to anyone who was hurt by my comments.

Will there be an on air apology though?

Update: Yes, there was an on air apology. Baldwin didn’t wait the hours until her show aired. She came on New Day. (via CNN Observations)

The Hazards of LiveTV: #25,133

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on March 25, 2015 by icn2

Ugh…POV analysis run amok

During a Now w/ Alex Wagner conversation about GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz‘s statement that he became a country music fan directly after 9/11, guest Jamilah Lemieux opened up the conversation with this remark: “Nothing says ‘Let’s go kill some Muslims’ like country music, fresh from Lynchburg, Virginia. Someone who obviously does not want to be a polarizing candidate, he wants to bring people together, I mean — really? That’s absurd.”

While co-panelists Joan Walsh and Michael Steele could be heard laughing at Lemieux’s remark, guest-host Melber responded: “Well, I mean there’s plenty of country music that doesn’t have that message, right?”

A few segments later, Melber appeared on-air with an apology: “We have a programming note. A few minutes ago on this show, a guest made a comment about country music. That comment was not appropriate, and we want to be clear this network does not condone it.”

The Hazards of Being Don Lemon: #25,132

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on February 19, 2015 by icn2

Open Mouth, Drop BS-Bomb

I say: Yeah, Don regularly makes regrettable gaffes. This, however, wasn’t one of them. He was quoting O’Reilly, and it’s not like it was during daytime programming. Grow up and move on, folks.

To quote Don Lemon…BULLSHIT!

Lemon had a choice…the same choice news anchors and news organizations have everywhere…to bleep or not to bleep. He could have quoted O’Reilly and then stated that he wasn’t going to use the word O’Reilly did. That’s something most anchors – those who don’t put their brain into idle when the lights go on – do. But not Don Lemon. Add this to the growing list of Lemon embarrassments.

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,231

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on January 22, 2015 by icn2

Davos booking wars spill over to FBN’s air…

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,230

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on January 21, 2015 by icn2

Dream on…

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,229

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on January 11, 2015 by icn2

This defies description. Emerson has already apologized and I believe his sincerity in the matter…

You may quote me on this as I will be posting this and taking out an ad in a Birmingham paper. I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry. My comments about Birmingham were totally in error. And I am issuing an apology and correction on my website immediately for having made this comment about the beautiful city of Birmingham. I do not intend to justify or mitigate my mistake by stating that I had relied on other sources because I should have been much more careful. There was no excuse for making this mistake and I owe an apology to every resident of Birmingham. I am not going to make any excuses. I made an inexcusable error. And I am obligated to openly acknowledge that mistake.


PS. I intend to make a donation to a Birmingham charity.

What’s going to have everyone wondering is where exactly Emerson got his totally incorrect information from…

What’s the over/under on Emerson appearing on FNC again?

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,228

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on December 1, 2014 by icn2

You know a mouse is just as good as a Wii controller…probably better actually under the circumstances…

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,227

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on November 18, 2014 by icn2

Well this is ugly…

The Hazards of Live TV: 25,226

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on September 18, 2014 by icn2

Oh dear. Math was never my strong suit. Apparently I’m not alone

The Hazards of Taped TV: #25,225

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on August 10, 2014 by icn2


It’s one thing to have an “R/D” switcheroo on cable news. Those segments go out live and mistakes happen. But for a taped segment airing on NBC Nightly News, someone should have caught this prior to air.

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,224

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on August 5, 2014 by icn2

Ugh…this is really bad. I cannot dodge, explain away, or otherwise try to mitigate this. It’s baaaad.

MSNBC reporter Chris Jansing claimed President Barack Obama’s keen interest in this week’s African leadership summit stems from the fact that “he’s from Kenya” — an assertion that took over ten minutes for her to reverse.

Jansing spoke to MSNBC’s Joy Reid about the ongoing meeting of American and African leaders in Washington D.C. “The White House is clearly, I would assume, hoping this will be part of the president’s legacy, given his background,” Reid said.

“Yeah, the fact that he’s from Kenya,” Jansing replied breezily. “And the fact that when he was elected there were expectations on the African continent that he would do great things for them.”

The reporter realized her misstatement about ten minutes later. “Yeah, and — and just obviously to clarify, I misspoke at the top — before,” she said. “It is obviously the president’s father who is from Kenya. And you clarified that.”

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,223

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on July 17, 2014 by icn2

It’s well documented that networks during breaking news events don’t always vet their sources properly…especially when “eyewitness” phone ins are concerned. Well, it happened to MSNBC today as The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple writes

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,222

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on July 2, 2014 by icn2

Not so subliminal messaging

MSNBC tells us a bad template was hidden in the automated ticker. The graphics team has since corrected it.

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,221

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on June 2, 2014 by icn2

Wellp, this is pretty bad. You show a picture of a doppleganger as the person who died? Ugh. I will say, having watched the segment, it seemed to appear like the MSNBC control room caught the error while Jansing was doing the V.O. and cut back to her. The obvious question is what idiot cued that B-Roll up in the first place? I bet they were under 40…