Everyone makes mistakes, especially the news. When you do live TV five days a week, every day of the year, you’re going to mess up every once in a while. Although, it seems like when newscasters make a mistake they do it bigger and better than anyone else. Maybe it’s that classic newscaster “go big or go home” lifestyle they lead, or maybe they’re just under obscene amounts of pressure. Whatever the reason, news fails are hilarious, and the reporter fails on this list are some of the funniest, most cringeworthy, and oh no they didn’t moments to ever grace a television.
From reporters accidentally cursing on the air, to saying the wrong name on the news, and drawing giant penises during their weather reports, funny news fails are some of the best ways to put your life into perspective. For instance, if you’ve done something embarrassing, just go watch one of the biggest news fails ever that appears on this list and you’ll feel about 100 percent better. Maybe you can use this list as a catalyst for finally watching the nightly news. You never know when a reporter is going to have a fail moment or a graphics person is going to misspell the word “too.”Laugh your way through this list of the most offensive news anchor fails and then vote up the most OOPS! moments in the news. Then hop in the comments and tell us about the time that your local newscaster accidentally said that they were a “pwitty wittle baby” on air without knowing their mic was live.
KTVU Reports Racist Names After Asiana Flight Crash
After the crash of Asiana Flight 214, news affiliate KTVU jumped at a chance to report the names of the pilots - too bad they were poorly written racist jokes. That's why you don't let your interns do your fact checking.
Local News Station Wishes the Chosen People a Happy Holocaust
On September 22, 2015, a Chicago news affiliate ran a graphic of the golden star that Jewish prisoners were forced to wear in concentration camps along with their message for a happy Yom Kippur. The network was quick to issue an apology, but they might want to buy their graphic people a history book.
Anchor Confuses Samuel L. Jackson with Laurence Fishburne
This has to be the scariest moment of this anchor's life, right? For about two seconds everyone watching this video was certain that Jackson was going to start reciting Ezekiel 25:17.
A Reporter Calls a News Anchor Fat, Unaware of Live Mic
While Sam Rubin, a KTLA reporter, was in the middle of a story about how his wife thinks he's fat, the anchor manning the traffic center chimed in that "he's always been" the fat guy on air. Only she didn't know that her mic was on and that Sam/the entire world was listening.