Top 10 News Reporting Fails


They’re supposed to be informative. But from time to time, they can also be hilarious. “This construction is happening along North Michigan, starting at Houghton Avenue and going all the way to State Avenue. Drivers are down to the single lane in each direction” Welcome to WatchMojo.com., and today, we’re counting down our picks for the top ten news reporting fails. “Holly is a 13-year-old cat, who dislikes the outdoors and other physical activities [snort] [giggle] Encouragement from her owner and weekly visits to the… [inaudible]” [laughter] For this list, we’re counting down the most epic fails in the history of the news. “Could you tell us a little more of what you saw?” “I sure can, I was sitting on my front porch… grabbed a beer, and I f***ed her right in the pussy” These can involve reporters, ” F*** me, I can’t even, f**** up” [breathing] journalists, as well as anchors, and in-studio personalities. “The three victims were part of a CSX group…” ” F*** her right in the pussy!” “J-Lo’s new song, ‘Jenny from the Block’, all about Lopez’ roots…” In the modern age of 24 hour a day news, reporters, who at one time, did everything they could to be taken seriously are now pushed to treat lightweight fluff, as sincerely as world changing news. “Still a neighborhood gal at heart.” Perhaps Shepard Smith had had enough, so when he was given a story about Jennifer Lopez’ latest music video, he chose to inject something a little different into his delivery as a form of protest. “But folks from that street in New York, the Bronx section, sound more likely to give her a curb-job than a blowjob or…blo-block party…” Perhaps he had a thing for the singer and had something on his mind, or perhaps he just got mixed up and it came out wrong. Either way, this story took a turn for the dirty quite quickly. “Sorry about that slip up there, I have no idea how that happened… but it won’t happen again, and that’s your news.” “We’ve got a plane crash, 29th and King Drive.” One of the most important aspects of bringing the news to the public is cultivating an ability to get to the truth of any story, and not let lies and deception deter you. “Oh, we are…” “Are you kidding me?” “…just getting word that this is being, uh, shot as part of a TV show.” “So there you are.” “Are you kidding… they might want to tell the news folks.” How someone in the chain of command of this news station was not able to stop these anchors from treating this TV set as a legitimate crash scene will never cease to amaze us. “You think they have these problems at Channel 7? I don’t think so.” We can only imagine if the copter camera panned a little bit more to the side that there would have to be cameras, crew, and maybe even trailers or catering, fully in view. “We do have some more breaking news… that we can go back to my computer for the live…” “This is from Skycam 9.5.” [laughter] [laughter] “Uh, there is something going on near Soldier Field. [siren] If you are in that general vicinity, [soft explosion] you are advised to take cover…” “Hello, good morning everybody. I am here with my friend John…” When you first wake up in the morning and find your way to the nearest TV, one of the last things you’d probably expect to see is a grown man slammed into the sea. “Fox 5 Morning News starts, look over there…” “And it starts right now!” Using a water-powered jetpack when you have what we presume is little TV experience may sound like a fun idea at first, but it also may just lead to internet infamy. “Ooooh, my gosh…” “What is that?” When the anchors burst out into uncontrollable laughter at your misfortune immediately thereafter, then that fate is virtually ensured. Still looks wicked fun, though. “It’s a water powered uh…uh jetpack” “It almost took Matt Johnson down with him? That looks like fun.” “I love forces and speed and… dynamics… I’ve been fascinated…my whole life to do this… and I don’t want to do it anymore!” [laughter] Another morning show, this time in Australia, sent a reporter on a mission he couldn’t handle. “Australia backhold behind me the greatest…blech… there is” Up in the sky above Earth, at the mercy of a pilot who’s used to the rigors of plane tricks, a mild mannered presenter made the mistake of encouraging a man to push him to his limits. “You…your career should be a spewologist! You make people spew for a living!” [laughter] The look of just holding back vomit and exhilaration on his face soon gives way to one in which he seems at peace as unconsciousness kicks in. “Here we go, right, and then we go left, let’s go…” [gagging] “Squeezing, squeezing, squeezing…” “Keep squeezing, keep squeezing…” “Oh, he’s passed out! Oh God, we don’t wanna see, alright.” “Alright, it’s back to you Jim.” “Ollie, don’t let her go away. This… that’s a, what, does she have a response to, is she still there?” “What’s that?” “Did the lady just leave?” “Yeah.” There are few things in the world more awkward than suddenly finding yourself working under somebody who you were at one time, the boss of. “Because I was your boss once.” “Yeah you were, and are no longer, how’d that happen?” Probably the worst case scenario is when you find yourself at odds with him while live on television. But at least you can rest assured that your embarrassment is creating some amazing TV for the rest of the world. “Right, so what do you want now?” “Well, if I have to teach you how to be a reporter, Ollie, I’ll do that later.” “Oh well, why don’t you do that later Jim, but I think the lady expressed herself.” We can’t help but love every second of this anchor and reporter engaging in school yard level taunts in which should otherwise be a very serious environment. “Is there any question you would like me to ask her?” “No, I’m – I – I’ll give you lessons on how to become a reporter later…” “I’ll give you some lessons on how to be an editor.” “Your news leader in high definition.” “Gay f***ing shit.” “Good evening, I’m Van Tieu. You may have seen or newest re… A.J. on NBC North Dakota News and he’ll be joining the weekend news team as my co-anchor.” At one time, the world of television was dominated by a few networks that had a stranglehold on what you saw on your sets. As a result, only the most seasoned, experienced people got the chance to helm the news. In our modern world, where there are seemingly as many stations as there are stars in the sky, there are many more oppurtunities for unknowns to grace your TV. “Tell us a little bit about yourself, A.J.” “Uh, thanks Van, I’m very excited. I graduated from West Virginia University and I’m used to, um, you know, from being from the east coast.” An example of why that’s not a good thing. A.J. Clemente’s first seconds on air were stained with vulgarity and awkwardness that got him fired. “Runners participated in the London marathon today, less than a week after the bombings.” As well as on Letterman, talking about his mistakes. “Went home, crawled in bed and called my parents.” “Yeah, and what did they say, ‘Oh, don’t worry about it.'” “At first they were, uh, you know, it was an emotional conversation, obviously.” “So A.J., who won the London Marathon?” [laughter] “Ready to try it?” “Yeah, sure.” “Let’s go!” “How disgusting.” “Alright, you ready? Give us a 30 second time. Here we go!” Arguably, there is nothing more visceral than seeing or hearing someone in extreme pain and knowing exactly what is going through their mind. After trying to trick her opponent into momentarily stopping her grape stomping, the reporter falls face first into the ground. “Stop!” “Oh, ahh!” [yelping] “Ow, I can’t…” “Ow, ow, oww!” She’s clearly in extreme pain and most of us can relate in the immediate aftermath of suffering. Many of us may try to put up a front that the experience isn’t as bad as it seems. So it would take an all encompassing pain that our brains wouldn’t be able to ignore to make us drop that façade. “Stop, ow, stop!” [yelping] “I can’t breathe!” “Stop!” [crying] The end of this news segment is the incarnation of that effect, and we can’t stop listening to it, though we’re also cringing at the same time. “Oh dear.” “I think she’s actually hurt.” “You know, I think she is.” “Youch!” “She’s hurt, she took a hard fall off there.” “Gosh, I hope she’s okay.” “Okay.” “Well, the Ballstate softball team continued to play this weekend and they were hoping to continue off of their straight 3 out of 4 losses.” You’d think that the two segments of the news that seem most clear cut and easy to handle would be the weather and sports. “Tomorrow’s game would be the… …meeting between the two… …beating both… …first…” [sigh] The latter is often times just spouting stats and scores with a few moments of personal opinions or witticisms thrown in. “They started off good, but then eventually, but the Ballstate women’s bet…women’s team was shot down and ended up doing poorly… “Oh no.” As such, many couch potatoes who love sports may fancy themselves a good fit for the role. If you happen to know someone with delusions of grandeur about their potential as a sports caster or reporter and you want to shut them up, then this clip is for you. “It seems last… …week player on… It seems every week that you have a player… [soft] I’m so sorry.” Sometimes incapable of even stringing a sentence together, this reporter can only spout one memorable line convincingly. “Later he gets the rebound, passes it to the man, shoots it, and boom goes the dynamite.” “And that is it for us today…” [sniffles] “No there it is. We are gonna do Sting, yeah.” “Okay, but…” “No, I can’t read it, there’s no words on it!” Unlike some of the other reporters on this list, Bill O’Reilly is a very seasoned television personality. It may be because of that, that he feels comfortable being a complete dick while on set. “Alright go, go.” “In five…” “four…three…” When the teleprompter doesn’t display what he expects, instead of being a professional and working to rectify the situation, he at first barely holds in his unbridled rage and then completely unleashes it on those behind the scenes. “I don’t know what that means, ‘to play us out!’ What does that mean?” “To end the show?” “Yeah, yeah.” The fact that he’s aware that he’s being filmed by the very people he’s unleashing on speaks to his pompous belief that they’d never share the footage with others. Luckily, for all of us, he was very wrong. “We will leave you with a… I can’t do it! We’ll do it live.” “Okay.” “We’ll do it live! F*** it! Do it live! I could go write it and we’ll do it live! F***ing thing sucks!” Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable, or in this case, dishonorable mentions. “Well a very very heavi, uh heavy devi…burtation tonight. We had a very deri, uh derison bite, let’s go ahead and Terris Chase in Los Cudobit, they had the pick” “What really happened on that Thursday here at Augusta High School that lead to Chris Wood’s death… [gags] the f*** is that? Shit! I’m dying in this f***ing country ass f***ed up town!” [laughter] [spits] “I so pale.” “You’re on air.” “Today, snow is crippling much of the Washington lowland. One of three inches of snow fell in Seattle and other areas.” “Still today, though significant rainfall still on the way. And for our area, so let’s uh… Oh my gosh! That was creepy! Oh, Chris, he had to be right on my head! Oh, just don’t like that okay, I gotta move! [screams] [laughter] “We’re going to interview Eric Weihenmayer who climbed the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. But he’s gay. I mean, he’s gay…excuse me, he’s blind.” “Erin, again, congratulations on your big hooters… Uh, ooh, um…” [laughter] “He said what?” “Wow, that was a slip of the tongue.” “What was that again?” “It takes a tough man to make a tender forecast, Nick.” “And I guess that’s me.” “Keep f***ing that chicken” [laughter] “Okay, I’ll do that.” “KTVU has just learned the names of the four pilots who were on board the flight.” When Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed on its final approach to an airport in San Francisco, it had the focus of eyes and ears worldwide. Even in this most grave of circumstances, there are those among us, that saw it as an opportunity for jokes and levity. “They are, Captain Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” “and Bang Ding Ow.” “And the NTSB has confirmed these are the names of the pilots on board Flight 214 when it crashed. We are working to determine what roles each of them played during the landing” After years of falling for fake names, even Moe from The Simpsons may have balked at just how ridiculous a name like Sum Ting Wong sounds when read aloud. “Hey is there a ‘Butts’ here?” “Seymour Butts?” “Hey everybody! I want a Seymour Butts!” But somehow it still made it to live TV with the bay area’s KTVU Channel 2 news reporting several incorrect pilot names as fact. “I thought that it was racially offensive, first of all, and I didn’t understand how that went through.” “Even South Korean media expressed outrage.” “American media that has been driving the cause of the accident as pilots’ fault mocked the pilots’ names in a racially demeaning fashion.” Do you agree with our list? “Yeah.” What’s your favorite big news fail? “And it’s coming, there we go, look at him.” “We got a duck.” “We got a bird.” [wheeze] “I got a bird!” For more hilarious top tens published every day, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com. “…have been paying more at the grocery, but getting less. We’ll tell you how to get the most. The f*** are you doing?!”

100 thoughts on “Top 10 News Reporting Fails

  1. How the hell are Asian people mad at people for being racist when they're up there was one of the most racist people up there next to white people?

  2. Serene Branson was actually having a stroke they released a story about it so that “dishonorable mention” should be removed.

  3. 6:30 Not remotely true. From the very first moment of television, networks were formed around affiliate stations in different cities around the country. Thus, the word "network." Stations in New York found broadcasters in other cities willing to carry a few hours of shared programming, but most stations still produced most of their content in-house. Local news was featured before or after national news from the start. So there were always crappy little local news anchors who had more than their share of flubs. That was especially true back when it was all live, and not pre-recorded.

  4. I still think jeopardy has the funniest…homegirl says…"what is pussy furry"…i laughed my ass of for 5 mins straight

  5. Every time I see a video with first woman in dishonorable mentions I worry all over again. That wasn't normal flubs, that was aphasia, which can be caused by something serious. Hers was caused by a migraine but not all are. Mine was very suddenly caused when an undiagnosed MRSA infection nearly made into my brain through a surgical incision (that lead to my brain) in my sphenoid sinus. If I hadn't already been hospitalized I'd have died. It is absolutely terrifying to suddenly not be able to make words form and I was absolutely aware the sounds I was getting out weren't actually words. It's not funny. If someone starts doing that take it seriously. Either you'll find out someone is playing a dumb joke or potentially save their life.

  6. I understand that the person reading the names of the captains just saying so, because they trust that the info has been vetted. Besides, Asian names may seem very strange to them so they just go with the flow. But it is rather rude to play off those assumptions and make up names about fatal incidents

  7. I disagree with the use of the "Dishonorable Mention" clip of the blonde reporter screwing up her words really bad. If you know the story, that young woman was having a stroke live on camera. She did eventually recover, but was, at the time, suffering a significant medical emergency.

  8. Thought #1 would be the funniest of all but that's just messed up to make racist jokes when reporting the deaths of all those people…. sad … 10-2 were all funny

  9. Number#9 that what tv tropes wiki called failed a spot check in real life no less but failing to notice something that should be obvious i'e failing to notice basically everything that should clue them in that is tv show team filming a tv show considering that everything should large and big enough especially from above view angle from helicopter?! Correction I accidentally misheard I thought it a movie team then I rewatched it then I realized it a tv show but still message is clear just replace movies for tv show it still same for all things considered.

  10. ✈✈Captain Sum Ting Wong!✈✈
    🔥✈🔥✈🔥✈🔥✈🔥✈🔥✈🔥✈
    😂 I'll *BET*! 😂

  11. Those names were unbelievably offensive and I am not Asian; I cannot imagine being from that part of the world when Thais came out. Super 😢

  12. I think that A J Clements getting fierd was to rough treatment , because there is many reporters that had sais bad words and still kept their job.

  13. The one at 11:26 shouldn’t be included. It turned out that that reporter had a seizure or stroke on camera, and that’s why she was talking like that.

  14. The first Dishonorable Mentioned that you showed of the blond hair reporter wasn't her making a mistake or stumbling over her words on air; she was having a mild seizure, which caused her to act the way she did while being filmed.

  15. The last one with the asian name crash plane is so obvious that it was intentional. There is no way they can not see the obvious joke. The part that really draw the line is that this was a real traggic accident crash, you dont joke with that

  16. Lol. O’Riley was dealing with idiots but there’s a bias towards him and it was clear in this video.

  17. Just putting it out there, it was later explained (elsewhere) that the first honorable mention was having a stroke. It's a miracle she did as well as she did.

  18. The Asiana Airlines report is so damn funny and proves how stupid and out of touch news anchors are.

  19. Good job KTVU in Oakland,CA SO quick to get out the story… Oh did the NTSB really confirm those OR you just wanted to be the first to report ANYTHING?? Walk of shame!

  20. There was a reporter who broke down on camera reporting a story about a pig. The pig was born without hind legs, so they strapped wheels on him, and he got around fine. It showed the pig visiting school kids, so it was human interest, animals, and kids. All good so far. When the reporter read the name of the pig, "Chris P. Bacon" he got the giggles. After several tries, he knew he couldn't stop laughing; he put his laughing face on the desk and he handed the story to newscaster next to him.
    I'm still not sure which was funnier, the news caster laughing uncontrollably, naming a pig Chris P. Bacon, wheels on a pig, or "a pig that special you just don't eat all at once."

  21. No mention at all of the famous clip of Richard Whiteley from 1977, on Calendar – the regional news magazine for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, UK.

    He was interviewing a ferret expert by the name of Brian Plummer on a segment about the species when one of the ferrets that had been brought into the studio bit him on the finger and refused to let go. The incident didn't last very long, and effectively ended when Plummer turned to Whiteley and said: "If she'd have meant business, she'd have been through to the bone: she was playing with you!"
    Since then, the clip has appeared on Blooper shows around the world.

    Whiteley died of Pneumonia and Endocarditis in 2005, aged 62, whilst Plummer died in 2003.

  22. Word scramble should not be a dishonorable mention. That woman was literally having a stroke which is why she couldn’t formulate words. That’s a bit of a low blow mojo.

  23. It really sucks that people keep using the stuttering moment. That women later found out she had a mini stroke and that's why she's stuttering like that. In fact she had to start taking medication to prevent a larger stroke after having more mini strokes following that night

  24. I know this happened later, but what about when “Charlo Greene” said “F—- it. I quit” live on air after mentioning that she was the leader of the Alaska Cannabis Club and wanted to lead the group full-time. PRICELESS TELEVISION, right there! 😎

  25. The Morning Joe Show crew getting the giggle fits from finding out about furries when they were supposed to be reporting on the 2014 Midwest Furfest gas attack which sent 19 people to the hospital. I don't give a damn how silly they find the furry fandom to be. Professional journalists giggling like girls at a slumber party when they're supposed to be reporting on a terrorist attack that nearly killed 19 people is just shameful.

  26. Japanese have normal names or cool names. Manga .. anime … cool family names, clan names. Kobayashi, Kato, Saito … sound a bit european … have some variety. Korean names sound tribal … drop a pot on the stairs. No offence. Kim Sung Il. Ding dong pow. No variation … monothone. Are the names equivalent of mumble rap. And the koreans said it's racist but that's how it sounds … mumble rap … monothone, no variation.

  27. Just finished watching a video on the same topic by your channel and saw the same videos, why make 2 videos with the same content?

  28. It would not necessarily call the blonde Downtown LA reporter a fail. If I remember correctly, she had problems speaking because of an unforeseen on-air stroke. She went to the hospital not long after the taping (I believe she recovered). Not really a "fail" in the same sense as the others.

  29. In all fairness to #3, the student Brian Collins was not the regular sportscaster but substituting at the last minute. Also, the teleprompter operator was inexperienced and going way too fast. Every time Collins tried to read the script it zipped right by and Collins was left trying to make up things as he went along.

  30. Dude seriously whoever that girl talking is: YOU RUIN YOUR VIDEOS BY SPEAKING. NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR YOUR CRAP COMMENTARY!!!!! You would have a substantial amount of more views if you wouldn’t do that. Has anyone ever told you that before? That’s a rhetorical question because obviously anyone in their right mind HATES YOUR CRAP COMMENTARY. Just play the videos with no annoying woman speaking.

  31. I live in the Netherlands. We don't have such outspoken news personallities here. It's all "Do your job normally, don't show emotion."

  32. J. Ho would give anyone a blow job for the lowest price, as long as auto tune is part of the package. She is and has always been a rancid role model. J. Ho, J Blow. Stick to background dancing, stop trying to stay relevant when you've never been. It took a dress for people to notice you!! 😂😂😂😂

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