10 News Reporter Fails On Live TV (Try Not To Laugh)
This just in! The Top 10 Archive is back again with another thrilling installment! Known for delivering the breast content… Wait, did I say breasts? Ugh, I meant best! Best content! Oh well. As you can see nobody's perfect, which is great because human folly is what gives us this hilarious Archive of news reporters that completely mucked things up.
Rob Leth's Bad Idea
We all have bad ideas from time to time, but so few of them lead to one of the finest pieces of news reporting that we couldn't help but give Global News' Rob Leth the number one spot. While enjoying a fun-filled broadcast in the snow of Toronto, Leth attempts to determine the winner of an inner-tube race down a steep slope. Not realizing that standing in the way of the speeding human-carrying rubber bullets is a terrible idea, Leth gets plowed into by one of the racers. In an effort to avoid collision, the reporter tries to jump out of the way but only winds up performing an impressive front-flip that, after about 2 seconds of air time, lands him on his back. A man dedicated to his craft, Leth is quick to recover his mic and closes out the segment.
Put Away The Crack Pipe!
The Five's Eric Bolling may have suffered a brief moment of "Foot in Mouth Syndrome" while reporting on Congresswoman Maxine Waters' speech that announced her desire to chair the United States House Committee on Financial Services. After Waters referred to Republicans John Boehner and Eric Cantor as "demons," one could assume it would elicit an unfavorable response from any Republicans watching, such as Mr. Bolling. Like a true political scenario, rather than fire back with something educated and well thought out, Bolling decides to offer up some sage advice: "You saw what happened to Whitney Houston. Step away from the crack pipe. Step away from the Xanax," Bolling states not long before he's back on the air backtracking his thoughtless comment.
Remember when President Osama proudly stood in front of cameras broadcasting all across America and announced the death of Obama Bin Laden? Oh, wait, I'm sorry! Global National correspondent Carolyn Jarvis has me all mixed up. It was Obama that announced Obama's death, right? Well, you know what I mean, but you can see how tragic a mistake mixing those two names up is, especially if you think of that one American who tuned in at the wrong moment to hear "he directed the head of the CIA to make killing Obama their number one priority." In Jarvis' defense, she was far from the only person to have an issue keeping those two names straight.
Failing All Over
We can certainly understand the desire to want to prove the point of a story you're broadcasting, but sometimes such a thing can backfire miserably. While this wasn't a televised incident, we all had front-row seats to Chicago Sun Times' reporter Neil Steinberg's attempt to purchase a gun to prove just how easy it is to obtain a firearm. According to Steinberg's report, he was denied the purchase of an AR-15 assault rifle. The store he attempted to buy from, Maxon Shooter's Supplies in Des Plaines, Illinois, cited prior charges of domestic battery and history of alcohol abuse as cause for the canceled sale, though Steinberg drew up a conspiracy theory that it wasn't his prior record that sank his story, but the store's desire to avoid publicity after the Orlando, Florida nightclub shooting.
The O'Reilly Meltdown
Bill O'Reilly is far from a favorite person among the media circuit, so to watch him meltdown like a baby in front of the camera is more entertaining than it should be. After an issue with the teleprompter launches him into a hissy fit during a pre-recording of Inside Edition, O'Reilly gets oddly confused by the phrase "to play us out," which was in reference to a Sting video playing during the credits. After a back-and-forth with the show's producer, O'Reilly attempts to make it through the closing segment but is so enraged that the words don't quite roll off his tongue. Eventually, once his meltdown subsides, the professional anchor makes it through but not without leaving the internet with a rage-filled gem.
Brian Does His Best
Search for the word "disaster" on Google and chances are this catastrophic report will appear in the first few pages. If not, then it definitely should. Brian Collins was clearly not used to being in front of the camera during this sports segment for NewsLink@Nine, Ball State University's student-run newscast. Stumbling over words, falling silent for awkward stretches of time, and struggling to keep up with the prompt were just a few of the many roadblocks Brian ran into during the 3 minute and 30 second segment. The moments he did recover were comedy gold, especially when Brian tried to emulate ESPN's catchphrase-laden reporting style and came out with "Boom goes the dynamite" - a phrase he very quickly became viral for.
The Great Grape Guffaw
After this interview reached public eye, reporter Melissa Sander from Atlanta, Georgia became an internet sensation and, frankly, almost a decade later, her plight is still a lot funnier than it should be. While doing some hands-on reporting on a grape stomping contest, Sander is adamant about not losing on air and tries to sneak in a few extra seconds of grape stomping. As they say, cheaters never prosper and Sander gets a first-hand lesson in this. Stepping out of her pile of grapes, Sander falls from a platform and face-plants on the grass below. All we can say about the noises that escaped her after she fell is that they would make for a great remix.
Writers are well aware of the importance of commas, much like how reporters know the importance of allowing a pause between sentences. Eyewitness News reporter Ken Bastida reported to work as normal, but his co-anchor, Dana King, had the night off. Ken was quick to divulge that Dana wouldn't be reporting with him and then immediately launched into the first story of the evening. Unfortunately, without that necessary pause, it sounded like Dana was murdered and set on fire during a birthday celebration. The story was really about 29-year-old Jimmy Frezghi of San Jose, California, who was determined to have been stabbed before being immolated.
Can't Take a Hint
Cats aren't subtle creatures. If they're unhappy about something, they'll make sure you know about it. So one has to question what WJW reporter Kathleen Cochrane thought this rambunctious kitty was being so uppity about. During a news brief - that some may think this feisty feline more than deserves - Cochrane gets a face full of claws as the angry cat finally makes its plight known. It doesn't end there for this awkward segment as her kitty encounter seems to well up a few tears for the assaulted Cochrane. She does compose herself quickly, though, and finishes the segment.
Most of us have had that day at work where, no matter how hard we try, our eyes just don't stay open. The difference between us and KARE11's sports reporter Eric Perkins is that when we fall asleep, it isn't on camera… in front of thousands of viewers... during one of his co-workers reports. To make matters worse, rather than brush it off and try to move on, Perkins tries to cover his tracks by blaming Daylight savings time. Luckily, everybody seems pretty forgiving, even poor Sven, who apparently was far too titillating for Perkins.