Interviewing a celebrity might seem exciting, but for media reporters, it’s only another exhausting day. There simply isn’t enough time to confirm precisely which superhero your subject is playing, what they’re known for, or even who they are. Sure, that’s a journalist’s entire chore, but it’s so much easier to presume Reddit got it right. These folks thought they could skate by without doing the research. They were wrong.


CNN Mistakes A Gay Pride Dildo Flag For ISIS

Nowadays, ISIS has been relegated to a few isolated pockets in the Countries of the middle east, but back in 2015, they were a major threat throughout the region. That’s why CNN freaked out when they thought they find an ISIS flag in London. They called in an “international terrorism” expert, and for ten minutes discussed whether or not it represented an actual menace. Somehow , none of them recognized the flag in question was a homosexual pride flag. An explicit one.

CNN Now we’re wondering if there’s a font that’s all dildos.

To be fair, the flag is a deliberate parody of the ISIS one, created by an artist who specializes in subverting the emblems of homophobic groups with homosexual imagery. It’s fine if your median Joe misstep it for an ISIS flag, but these were international columnists who’d been covering the Middle East for years. They should know that Arabic script and cartoonish furnishes of sexuality dolls bear little similarity to one another. Frankly, their first clue should have been that the flag was being flown at a gay dignity event …


An Interviewer Mistakes Samuel L. Jackson For Laurence Fishburne

In February 2014, Samuel L. Jackson took some time out of his busy schedule to appear on a local news show in Los Angeles promoting the RoboCop remake. The interview immediately took a turn when the anchor, Sam Rubin, asked Jackson about a Super Bowl commercial he’d recently appeared in.


Maya Angelou’s Stamp Employs Somebody Else’s Quote

Maya Angelou is one of the greatest American poets of all time, so naturally the United States Postal Service wanted to honor her with a stamp. In 2015, they did so, releasing a stamp featuring Angelou’s image and the quote “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

US Postal Service It was a tossup between that and “Real Gs move like silence in lasagna.”

It is a beautiful quote, and one Angelou frequently used … but it wasn’t hers. That quote comes from Joan Walsh Anglund’s 1967 book A Cup Of Sun . The postal service acknowledged their mistake in the press, gave proper credit to Ms. Anglund, and did absolutely nothing about the actual stamp, underlining the fact that “The sentence comprised great meaning for her, and she is publicly identified with its popularity.”

Hey, if it’s good enough for a Tumblr fanpage …


A News Station Employs Nazi Imagery For A Story About Yom Kippur

In 2015, Chicago news station WGN did a segment about the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. For Jews around the world, it is a day of repentance for all their sins. And what better lane to pay respects to that somber vacation than with an image of the Nazi-mandated yellow starring badge?

WGN “We just thought they were really into The Beatles.”

The news station claimed the picture was knocking around in their saved image bank, and they innocently mistook the badge that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany for the entirely innocuous Star of David. Still, spectators weren’t happy, forcing the station’s general manager and news director to issue a public apology. They solemnly swore that they were “investigating how this situation occurred.”

It passed because your graphic design intern was stoned, Greg.


Larry King Doesn’t Know Who The Beatles Are, Among Other Things

In 2007, Jerry Seinfeld came on Larry King’s demonstrate to promote Bee Movie . Quite understandably wanting to talk about anything but Bee Movie , King asked Seinfeld how long his eponymous sitcom work, and whether or not it was his selection to aim the demonstrate. Seinfeld , of course, famously operated for nine seasons, and its finale depicted a record-breaking audience — not usually the occurrence for an abruptly cancelled series. Seinfeld was instantly offended at the question, and be interpreted to mean that King was mentally moving “downhill.”

Jerry might have had a point. In 2010, King interviewed Debra Tate, sister of murdered actress Sharon Tate. Speaking about Roman Polanski, King asked her if it’s hard to talk to the man who murdered her sister. Debra was rightly perplexed, because her sister was famously murdered by the Manson family; she was married to Polanski.

But wait, there’s more! In 2007, King was lucky enough to sit down with the two living Beatles. Things were going fine, until he asked Paul McCartney where he was when John was shot. It’s a sensitive topic for them, so it was essential to handle it correctly. King built it through McCartney’s answer gracefully enough. Then King turned to Ringo Starr and asked, “George, where were you? “

McCartney was visibly vexed at the mistake, but to be fair, he’s not used to defending Starr.


An Interviewer Asks Martin Short About His Spouse … Who Succumbed Two Times Prior

In May 2012, Martin Short was out promoting Madagascar 3 . All was running as well as possible while having to publicity a movie starring David Schwimmer as a giraffe. Then he was booked to talk to Kathie Lee Gifford on The Today Show , and she gushed about his wedlock to Nancy Dolman. This was a particular sore athletic for Short since, 1) his marriage to Dolman had ended two years earlier, and 2) because she died of cancer.

Short chose not to correct her, and her co-host had to swoop in to save the working day. Gifford was eventually clued into her mistake over the commercial transgres, so after the reveal came back, she apologized to Short and any onlookers who may have been offended. She likewise later tweeted a personal apology to @MartinShort over on Twitter.

That is not Martin Short’s Twitter handle.

For a gay pride flag that’s a bit more tasteful but will still rage your uptight neighbors, just stick with the standard rainbow flag .

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