As the party that is 2013 draws to a close, we observe that the TV news business has been filled with outstanding coverage of the year's challenging and important stories, including the Syrian civil war, the death of Nelson Mandela, the U.S. government shutdown and the glitches afflicting the rollout of Obamacare.
But let's not talk about glories. Let's talk about embarrassments.
TV journalism has been chockablock this year with many moments of silly errors, unchecked egotism and all-purpose idiocy. And the best thing is that there's a video record of it.
It's tough to choose from all this plenitude, but we here at Show Tracker thought the following merited special mention:
1. Matt Lauer as
After his reputation got beat up in the
3. Fake town crier announces
When the former
Can't we all just get along and get lots of cool stocking stuffers? Apparently not.
5. TV station broadcasts fake crew names in air crash
Embarrassing as the above items might be, however, nothing can quite match the whopper committed by KTVU-TV, the Fox affiliate in San Francisco. In July, the station reported the names of crew members on Asiana 214, which had crashed. Unfortunately, the names were bogus -- starting with "Captain Sum Ting Wong." Whether you found the gaffe offensive or funny, it ended up having serious consequences. KTVU fired three producers deemed responsible for the incident, and Asiana threatened to sue the station (although it later dropped the suit).
What were your favorite TV news gaffes and bloopers from the past year? Sound off in the comments.