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CNN Needs Errorproofing!

CNN sorry for Bush speech gaffe | Entertainment | Entertainment News | Reuters.com

Here is a funny one I coudn’t help mentioning:

CNN apologized Tuesday after an open mike transmitted an anchor’s bathroom conversation with another woman live over the network as it was carrying President Bush’s speech in New Orleans.

If I had a microphone, I’d be sure to take it OFF before going to the bathroom.

But some in the TV business said Tuesday that CNN should have had a system of checks and balances in place to make sure anchor’s mikes are off when they’re not on the air.

“It’s a cardinal rule,” one executive said.

Like I said, instead of “turned off,” make sure the microphone is physically “off” of you first, eh?

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3 Comments on "CNN Needs Errorproofing!"

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  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s really hard to get the microphone on and off sometimes. The control room should have watched out for this – some sort of process should have protected against this.

  2. Anonymous says:

    No errorproofing needed, that’s just good TV!

  3. Anonymous says:

    You’d think that the networks would be on high alert for this sort of problem after the incident with Lt Frank Drebin at the Queen Elizabeth news conference.

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