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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.”


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