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.
So Easy That the Graphics Person Graduated High School
Possibly realizing that they weren’t held to very high standards as children, Indiana’s WNDU-TV made a bold claim about their own students.
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.
La Mañana Confuses a Star Wars’ Rebel Alliance Symbol for al-Qaeda
In November 2015, a Spanish news station accidentally confused the sign of the Rebel Alliance from Star Wars with a symbol associated with al-Qaeda. Reporter Jota Abril was discussing the recent Paris attacks when he pointed to the symbol of Jedi resistance in order to make a point about terrorist organizations. Hate to break it to you, Abril, but the only “attack” that the Rebels are guilty of is the one where they destroyed the newly refurbished Death Star.
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.
Weather Penis Strikes Again
Someone better tell the Concho Valley to stock up on protection. Because of all the rain.
Fox 26 Accidentally Posts a Failed Sext on TV
First of all, this graphic from Fox 26 deserves a big ol’ OOPS award for being posted on television. And secondly, that kid’s game needs some practice.
She Sounds Like a Lot of Fun
East Columbus is beginning to sound scarier and scarier every day.
So That Was Definitely Some Guy’s Junk
According to KOMO, the Twitter feed that showed that tumescent member belonged to a producer in the control room and not one of the anchors. Who is this guy following?