MSNBC apologizes after Zimmerman trial F-bombs; Returns viewers to another
This live broadcast of the George Zimmerman trial just led to a whole bunch of F Bombs dropping on MSNBC
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) June 24, 2013
People watching coverage of the George Zimmerman trial on MSNBC got a morning jolt:
— wea64 (@triplec64) June 24, 2013
The Zimmerman trial opened with the prosecutor dropping F-bombs in his opening statement, and viewers of MSNBC heard two of them before Chuck Todd abruptly broke into coverage to make an announcement:
After the Zimmerman trial starts off with an f-bomb, MSNBC cuts into coverage w Chuck Todd announcing the network will add a 7 sec delay
— Rebecca Shapiro (@RebeccaShap) June 24, 2013
As it turned out, the seven second delay didn’t help much:
OMG… MSNBC… That's fantastic! F-bomb x 3! And one AFTER they turned on the 7 second delay!
— Papa Kosh (@Papa_Kosh) June 24, 2013
Yes, after the apology and initiation of a seven second delay so any subsequent offending language could be bleeped out, MSNBC returned to coverage. At that point viewers were hit with another F-bomb:
— DetroitMark (@DetroitMark) June 24, 2013
On Twitter, Chuck Todd offered a second apology:
A second apology for the 7-second delay not working the first time. I'm assured we've sorted this out.
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) June 24, 2013
Fortunately for MSNBC, given its ratings, the number of people who might have been offended was kept to a minimum.