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KMSP Shows Spider-Man Video During Story on Ray Rice

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Well, that didn’t go well. Minneapolis-St. Paul Fox station KMSP intended, we assume, to show video of Ray Rice during its story Thursday about Ray Rice, and his quasi-apology to his wife for a nauseating incident of domestic violence. Instead, the station showed video of a person in a Spider-Man costume being punched.

The banner, which reads “Rice’s Apology”, remains up as the would-be webslinger is slugged and knocked to the ground, and that left anchor Kelcey Carlson to try and clean up and move on.

Watch it here.

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WTVT Sparks Criticism with Baseball Tweet

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WTVT, the Fox-owned station in Tampa, deleted a tweet about the departure of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price for Detroit. The tweet, which mocked Detroit as an urban ruin compared to Tampa Bay’s beautiful beaches, was roundly knocked. Yahoo Sports writer David Brown described the effort at comedy as “shameful”:

Not original or funny, just mean-spirited and misleading. In fact, St. Petersburg, Fla., (where the Rays play) doesn’t compare as well to Detroit as Fox 13 might think when it comes to crime. And if you’ve ever actually been to Detroit, and interacted with the people who work and live there, you’d never consider hurting their feelings like this.

Sports Illustrated called the joke “awful”–”Ha! Poverty! Hilarious!”–and questioned the sincerity of the station’s apology, which came in meme form. SI said that “doesn’t really convey sincerity.”

Cox Reporter Stopped By TSA Agent Who Isn’t Familiar With the District of Columbia

Justin Gray DC licenseFile this under people who need a geography lesson: a TSA agent in Orlando recently stopped Justin Gray, a Washington correspondent for Cox Media Group, because he did not recognize his D.C. driver’s license as a valid form of identification.

Gray, who says his license is legal and up-to-date, says the agent said he did not recognize the license and asked him for his passport. Gray told the agent he did not have his passport and, after a brief conversation, realized the agent did not know what the District of Columbia is.

The agent eventually let him through. Gray filed a report on the incident yesterday: “The TSA says because of what happened to me, they’re now showing pictures of DC IDs to every TSA agent there in Orlando,” he said. Watch the report after the jump. Read more

Rowdy World Cup Fan Brings NSFW Moment to WPLG Live Shot

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Sports, booze, and live TV. It can be a toxic cocktail at times. And it was for WPLG sports reporter Clay Ferraro Sunday night. The liveshot ticks off most of the items on the Greatest Hits List of Annoyances While Live: people waving, grabbing for the microphone, and saying something that really ought never be said on a newscast. Seriously, not ever.

The profane partier, however, wasn’t all that original–appearing to grab a phrase from this notorious fake NSFW local news liveshot.

Instagram user Chris Fischer posted a video, and don’t play it at work or with children nearby: Read more

KTVU Airs Wrong Graphic for Starbucks Price Hike Story

KTVU StarbucksKTVU, the San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate, aired an over the shoulder graphic during its Friday night 10:00 p.m. that seemed to veer towards commentary.

Julie Haener was reading a story about Starbucks’ plan to hike prices. Over her shoulder? A graphic from fake Starbucks store Dumb Starbucks.

KTVU news director Lee Rosenthal told TVSpy, “The graphic was in our system from our previous report a few months ago and wasn’t purged, which led to it accidentally re-appearing on air.”

[Rich Lieberman]

Jacksonville Station Mistakenly Shows Rival Meteorologist as Man Wanted for Sex Crimes

Deegan_DUI_croppedOne Tim Deegan is a meteorologist for Jacksonville NBC and ABC affiliate WJXX-WTLV. The other is awaiting arraignment on charges of human trafficking after police say he kept three women trapped as sex slaves.

When CBS and FOX affiliate WTEV-WAWS reported the story about the Timothy Deegan in jail, it showed a picture of Tim Deegan the meteorologist. The picture was from the TV Deegan’s DUI in November 2013. You can see a screen grab of the wrong pic after the jump.

WTEV-WAWS news director Robert Longo told TVSpy the Inergize-CMS system (the people who manage the web content) chose the wrong picture. But added he personally apologized to the WJXX-WTLV GM and left a voice mail message with Tim Deegan. He said Inergize took full responsibility and updated the story with a correction.

Longo also tweeted out his apology.

KRIV Points Out Maya Angelou Won’t Be Appearing in Houston This Week

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Fox-owned KRIV in Houston is taking some heat on social media after the station announced Maya Angelou‘s death with a lower-third pointing out that the literary and civil rights icon had canceled a scheduled appearance in Houston this week (photo above).

For context: Angelou’s appearance in Houston was canceled on May 23, five days before she died. [h/t @SlowSlownews]

Some Local Stations Confuse The Rooneys In Report About Mickey’s Death

When pint-sized legendary actor Mickey Rooney died this week, he made headlines across the US.

As Jimmy Kimmel found out, some stations didn’t know the difference between spunky film star Mickey Rooney and career curmudgeon Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes who died in 2011.

Caught on Camera: The March Oops Reel

Regular readers of TVSpy already know that there was no shortage of news bloopers this month. In case you missed any, here’s a compilation of the best ones, involving crashing lights, dangerous snow plows and earthquakes.

Good Morning! Fresno CBS Station Knocks on Wrong Door in Early AM Giveaway


KGPE‘s Zara Arboleda was supposed to surprise the winner of the station’s “Race to the Altar” giveaway live on the morning show.

The excitement was high while the reporter for the Fresno CBS affiliate approached the winner’s apartment holding balloons and bouquet of red roses at 6:45 in the morning. She knocked. She rang the bell. Then she got a glimpse of the person who cracked open the door.

“Whoa! Wait a second. You’re not Nick,” said Arboleda, who then doubled over with laughter and said “We’re at the wrong apartment!”

No word on the reaction from “not Nick” who woke up to find a TV crew outside.

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