TV News Bloopers So Good, We’d Almost Watch the News

The best thing about TV news isn’t the fascinating stories about cranky old people, heroic pets, and unfixed potholes. It’s the screw-ups.

By Zack Zeigler

Unless you’re an Internetless Luddite or 80 years old, you probably don’t feel the need to watch newscasts. After all, you already know the drill — if it bleeds it leads, then there’s an update on Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, then there’s a story about a cute dog beating the odds, and then there’s a weather forecast with a 98 percent margin of error.

So there’s really no reason to watch … except when there’s a hilarious mistake. Verbal gaffes, messed-up graphics, and unexpected faintings make newscasts fun to watch. Which is why we love these awesome newscast screw-ups.

“President Obama Is Dead!”
There are verbal slip-ups, and then there’s this guy mistaking the most wanted man in the world for the president of the United States.

Yo-Yo Master Is Not Yo-Yo Master
Kenny “K-Strass” Strasser is a self-proclaimed “Yo-Yo Master” who represents Zip Zap Yo-Yos. He is also lying. Apparently no one at this local TV station bothered to check his credentials (or notice that his shirt actually said “Zim Zam Yo-Yos”).


Mayor of San Diego Is Not Mayor of — BABA BOOEY! BABA BOOEY! BABA BOOEY!
This actually isn’t the first time this CNN newswoman got fooled by Captain Janks, a prankster who contributes material to the Howard Stern Show; he’d previously asked her if she’d “bang Howard Stern.” This time, Janks got through pretending to be San Diego mayor Dick Murphy, and revealed how SoCal wildfires were started at the hands — or whatever — of the King of All Media.

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