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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Bathroom tip No. 37: No microphones

Local TV watchers may remember Kyra Phillips from her brief stint on WLUK-TV Channel 11 from 1992-94. Phillips is a big time CNN anchor these days, but unfortunately she's in the news today for, um, a very loud bathroom break.

"Live From" anchor Kyra Phillips had apparently left the set around 12:48 p.m. EDT Tuesday for a bathroom break while the news channel carried Bush's speech marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Phillips' wireless microphone was turned on and picked up about a minute and a half of a muffled conversation she had with an unidentified woman where she apparently talked about her husband, laughed and talked about her brother.

"I've got to be protective of him," she said without being aware that the mic was on. "He's married, three kids, and his wife is just a control freak." CNN anchor Daryn Kagan broke into the telecast immediately afterward updating viewers on what Bush had been saying.

"CNN experienced audio difficulties during the president's speech today in New Orleans," the CNN statement read. "We apologize to our viewers and the president for the disruption."

CNN apologized to the White House on Tuesday afternoon. It wasn't clear whether it was a technical or human malfunction, and CNN, citing corporate policy, said it wouldn't comment on whether anyone would be disciplined. It seemed unlikely that anyone would.

Check out the YouTube clip.


Blogger paul said...

Did anyone else think of Frank Drebin when they heard about this?

9:11 PM  

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