Remember the scene in one of the “Naked Gun” movies where Frank Drebin gives a speech and then goes to the bathroom, forgets to turn off his wireless microphone, andÃ‚Â anÃ‚Â ensuing audio nightmareÃ‚Â is broadcast to a roomful ofÃ‚Â nauseated people? Well, CNN now owes the Zucker brothers some money for copyright infringement.
It was only late last year when CNNÃ‚Â aired an “X” over Dick Cheney very brieflyÃ‚Â during a speech, for which they later apologized and called a “glitch”:
Well, something’s starting to smellÃ‚Â here, because there’s been anotherÃ‚Â glitch that’s made a splash in the news. During President Bush’s speechÃ‚Â in New Orleans on the anniversary of hurricane Katrina,Ã‚Â the reporter covering it decided to go to the bathroom, but she left her wireless mic on.
What viewers heard was President Bush in the audio background,Ã‚Â while the reporter in the bathroom chattedÃ‚Â with another woman, interspersed with the unmistakable sound of an ascending/descending zipper,Ã‚Â overlapping Bush’s words. Had this been Bill Clinton, we still wouldn’t have been sure if the zipper soundÃ‚Â came fromÃ‚Â the reporter or the president.
The reporter, Kyra Phillips, has a more immediate problem. While on the john she called her brother’s wife a “control freak.” I don’t want to be at that Thanksgiving table this year.
Fortunately forÃ‚Â Phillips andÃ‚Â her network, sheÃ‚Â wasn’tÃ‚Â full of gas that dayÃ‚Â — rare indeed for a CNN reporter.
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