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CNN Needs Errorproofing!


CNN sorry for Bush speech gaffe | Entertainment | Entertainment News |

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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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is currently writing his next book, tentatively titled Measures of Success.

  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

    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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