Video: Meltdown on the CBS Evening News

posted at 4:39 pm on November 21, 2006 by Allahpundit

What happens when an audio glitch kills the segment you’d planned for the last 2:30 of your program?

This.

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How ominous – Dan Rather had walked off the set on Sept. 11th…

Entelechy on November 21, 2006 at 4:44 PM

Now there’s a good reason to keep a few Rocky & Bullwinkle clips handy.

RedWinged Blackbird on November 21, 2006 at 4:46 PM

I think I was more informed during that 2.5 minutes than the other 27.5 minutes! Ha!

lorien1973 on November 21, 2006 at 4:46 PM

Must clarify now – he didn’t walk off the set on 9/11/01. It was sometimes in the 80s.

Entelechy on November 21, 2006 at 4:46 PM

-OR-

Can I have 2.5 minutes of my life back. I was waiting for something to actually happen. Thought Couric was gonna kick someone in the nuts.

lorien1973 on November 21, 2006 at 4:47 PM

Comedy Gold.

BTW….answers you want to hear?….that the hell is that supposed to mean?

The Ugly American on November 21, 2006 at 4:49 PM

Hard hitting fluff.

infidel on November 21, 2006 at 4:50 PM

Thought Couric was gonna kick someone in the nuts.

Me too! Dang it.

wytammic on November 21, 2006 at 4:51 PM

A pox upon youtube. What is it with that site? Nine times out of ten I can’t get the whole video to load. I could see problems if I used dial up, but I’m using high speed.

May a crazed weightlifter clean and jerk their sister!

jaleach on November 21, 2006 at 4:52 PM

She just stood there like a yutz for two minutes. Wasn’t even perky. Gee, I could do that, and for half of what they pay her.

morganfrost on November 21, 2006 at 4:55 PM

It would have been great if Katie had made a paper airplane and threw it at the camera or an oragami bird. She also could have done a little dance of just stepped down off of her dias.

Catie96706 on November 21, 2006 at 4:56 PM

At least they didn’t scream “Bush lied!” for 2.30 minutes. Oh wait, you could hear them thinking that…

Halley on November 21, 2006 at 4:58 PM

Can I have 2.5 minutes of my life back. I was waiting for something to actually happen.

Yeah… I was definitely waiting for her to freak out, but there was… nothing.

tiekitwist on November 21, 2006 at 4:59 PM

Well, when no one watches your show, you get the worst staff and studio team also.

shooter on November 21, 2006 at 4:59 PM

What, no backup segment available if the primary goes snafu? Budgets must tight at CBS. Can’t complain though, I have to agree with lorien …… finally the public gets a chance to view two and a half minutes of unbiased programming on CBS News.

In that last wide angle shot Katie looked like Dorothy after the Wizard left her behind. Uh, what do I do now?

fogw on November 21, 2006 at 5:01 PM

Maybe they could have rerun the footage of Uncle Walter telling America that the Tet Offensive was a huge disaster for the United States.

jaleach on November 21, 2006 at 5:05 PM

First time I’ve seen a clip of Katie on her new set. OMG, what a bunch of pompus self-important music; I thought I was getting ready to watch the Olympics!

DR Good on November 21, 2006 at 5:06 PM

Oh man, can you imagine if they didn’t have someone prepared to do what they did, and they tried to let Katie go without anything written in the teleprompter and see if she could fill the time. THAT would have been good.

RightWinged on November 21, 2006 at 5:06 PM

She may have been screaming racial epithats at the crew but they had the good sense to cut her mic,but then they turned it back on when she hit the loo.

/prove it didn’t happen

bbz123 on November 21, 2006 at 5:09 PM

The video is over and like others here I’m still waiting for the meltdown…? Was the part where Couric grabs a ballpoint pen and starts stabbing crew members in the eyes cut out of it?

Benaiah on November 21, 2006 at 5:10 PM

fogw, you’re a priceless commodity on this board.

What would Dan have done?

Entelechy on November 21, 2006 at 5:13 PM

It would have been great if Katie had made a paper airplane and threw it at the camera or an oragami bird. She also could have done a little dance of just stepped down off of her dias.

Catie96706 on November 21, 2006 at 4:56 PM

Freaky. I was thinking the same thing, except she could have lit the origami bird on fire and then punted it into the camera crew. That’s entertainment!

NTWR on November 21, 2006 at 5:19 PM

meltdown????

EEprom on November 21, 2006 at 5:20 PM

BTW….answers you want to hear?….that the hell is that supposed to mean? — The Ugly American

…it’s part of their new CBS News advertising campaign: CBS NEWS – Telling You What You Want To Hear. (subtitle: Reinforcing your preconceived notions and gratifying your prejudices since Murrow chainsmoked his way into your hearts and Welch went off on McCarthy.)

Puritan1648 on November 21, 2006 at 5:21 PM

2:30 of dead air.

It’s hard to make out, the YouTube video quality from a TV vid-capture being so dicey…but she’s standing there…juggling her handful of copy…talking to the producer just off stage….

“Yes, I mean the *ENTIRE* audio department! Today! I wanna know that those sorry b*stards are bleeding in the alley by the time my after-show latte’s served! And that make-up b*tch! Gone. Camera 3 guy! Gone. That driver who picked me up tonight, who didn’t tip his hat and call me “Madame”? GONE! All of ‘em gone! Now, get my *FREAKIN’* latte!”

…as she shuttles crablike to her office, she’s heard to mutter, “Mr. Demille, I’m ready for my close-up….”

Puritan1648 on November 21, 2006 at 5:25 PM

soundman: “Here she comes…quick, get rid of those wire hangers”

dardar on November 21, 2006 at 5:31 PM

Hilarious. Couric is such an empty head; she can’t even ad-lib for a couple of minutes.

Rather than those insipid commercials, the should have run a CBS News Special: The Couric Months, reliving the glory of The Perky’s One meteoric crash into ratings oblivion.

The biggest bomb Monday night outside of Eli Manning.

JammieWearingFool on November 21, 2006 at 5:38 PM

What would Dan have done?

Entelechy on November 21, 2006 at 5:13 PM

Started wildly gestiulating, beating away the ghost of Murrow?

laelaps on November 21, 2006 at 5:41 PM

What with the audio and video timing snafu, it looked like a Milli Vanilli moment.

jdpaz on November 21, 2006 at 5:43 PM

At least Jane Skinner knew her flub was enroute to youtube.

allie on November 21, 2006 at 5:47 PM

What would Olberdunce have done?

JammieWearingFool on November 21, 2006 at 5:51 PM

Wow, 2:30 of dead air. That had to cost them as they could’ve ran ads for more revenue.

Wait…..To generate ad revenue, there have to be viewers.

Oh, well. Maybe they’d get more viewers if the entire 30 minutes was dead air.

BacaDog on November 21, 2006 at 5:57 PM

She just stood there! Can the woman not dance?

Blacklake on November 21, 2006 at 6:04 PM

Ted Baxter would have done a great job. He would have called Chuckles the clown in.

StuLongIsland on November 21, 2006 at 6:06 PM

Also, I bet they would have been better off hiring a comedian to do the News. Michal Richards, is available.

StuLongIsland on November 21, 2006 at 6:07 PM

Can the woman not dance?

Blacklake on November 21, 2006 at 6:04 PM

Yes! Remember the great solo Connie Chung did?

BacaDog on November 21, 2006 at 6:08 PM

They should have run necked news during the last two minutes.

Rustyw on November 21, 2006 at 6:21 PM

I liked the promo clip: “Asking the right questions — probing questions, personal questions ….”

… questions like, “How did this airhead get named ‘executive producer’ of a major network news broadcast?”

Ali-Bubba on November 21, 2006 at 6:25 PM

Goofy little witch.

Jaibones on November 21, 2006 at 6:28 PM

Questions you want asked (like “To quote my daughter, Who made us the boss of them?”) Answers you want to hear” – like WTF are you talkin’ about Katie?

Teddy on November 21, 2006 at 6:47 PM

bet we don’t get the samething on the left coast.

Editor on November 21, 2006 at 6:49 PM

I think its time for Katie & Rosie to go on to bigger and better things. I wish they would get together and write, produce, and star in their own 60 minutes or Olbermann-type show.

Brad on November 21, 2006 at 6:50 PM

She waitin’ for a Bus or something?

venmax on November 21, 2006 at 7:07 PM

I bet Walter or Dan could have streeeeeeeetched and vamped for 2:30 without breaking a sweat. C’mon Katie, you’re in the big leagues now!

Mallard T. Drake on November 21, 2006 at 7:11 PM

Verrre eeess Moouse an Squirrrl?

Speakup on November 21, 2006 at 7:11 PM

Questions you want asked (like “To quote my daughter, Who made us the boss of them?”) Answers you want to hear” – like WTF are you talkin’ about Katie?

When they were first promoing Katie’s debut, she was saying stuff like, “we’ll interpret the news for you so you can understand the story.” That’s the whole problem; we don’t want your interpretation! Just report the facts ma’am. We’ll figure it out, thank you.

Mallard T. Drake on November 21, 2006 at 7:13 PM

When they were first promoing Katie’s debut, she was saying stuff like, “we’ll interpret the news for you so you can understand the story.” That’s the whole problem; we don’t want your interpretation! Just report the facts ma’am. We’ll figure it out, thank you.

What are you, an independent thinker? How dare you challenge your social betters! Why won’t you just believe what they tell you?!? WHY?

Seriously, your point strikes right at the heart of what we’re up against!

jaleach on November 21, 2006 at 7:19 PM

It didn’t seem any more awkward than what usually happens during her broadcast; and, we learned just as much.

thedecider on November 21, 2006 at 7:47 PM

Did Mickey Mouse buy CBS too?

Zorro on November 21, 2006 at 8:11 PM

I can just hear the director saying “WTF are we gonna do for the next two minutes?!?!?!? Katie, just stand there and act casual.”

infidel4life on November 21, 2006 at 8:16 PM

It would be hilarious to learn that she went off on the crew for the glitch. Then we’d know her as the Perky Tyrant of CBS News.

You just know that Dan Rather was sitting at home, wearing a suit with his typed notes in front of him, pretending to still give the news to an empty room, and when the glitch happened (or was it a botched segment…heh) he probably began calling everyone he knows to tell them that he, Daniel the Magnificent, could have filled that 2:30 with some gritty, hard-hitting old school news. Then he sat back and tried to convince himself that CBS really, really regrets him being gone.

Bellicose Muse on November 21, 2006 at 8:34 PM

That wasn’t a melt down. That was a preview of the Dems policy on Iraq!

sonnyspats1 on November 21, 2006 at 9:07 PM

You just know that Dan Rather was sitting at home, wearing a suit with his typed notes in front of him, pretending to still give the news to an empty room…..

Bellicose Muse on November 21, 2006 at 8:34 PM

Don’t forget the bottle of Jack Daniels.

infidel4life on November 21, 2006 at 9:12 PM

They showed & said at the end “CBS News, see it now, anytime, anywhere”.

What’s the matter with y’all? They didn’t say “hear it now, anytime or anywhere”.

Entelechy on November 21, 2006 at 10:20 PM

You know, CBS didn’t really need to fire Dan Rather over the “fake but accurate” problem. There was a much easier solution, they could have simply dropped the “C” in “CBS” and called themselves BS News.

Maxx on November 21, 2006 at 10:44 PM

She could have sung the national anthem or sumthin. Anything!

….probably doesn’t know the words.

sbvft contributor on November 21, 2006 at 10:44 PM

I expected to hear ‘Goodnight Dick’… or the SNL desk…

retired on November 21, 2006 at 11:02 PM

katie who…???

areseaoh on November 22, 2006 at 1:04 AM

Was anyone watching?

Oh…..

Kini on November 22, 2006 at 1:07 AM

I hate to defend Couric, but I didn’t see any meltdown. No tantrum, no kicking someone, no yelling, just a bored woman trying to fill in 2.5 minutes over a glitch. Better than hearing her invent some Bush lied tripe or claim Foxnews sabotaged her show.

LewWaters on November 22, 2006 at 1:19 AM

It’s a microcosm of CBS News: boring, useless, vapid, devoid of real content, a waste of time……

Janos Hunyadi on November 22, 2006 at 2:04 AM

It’s a microcosm of CBS News: boring, useless, vapid, devoid of real content, a waste of time……

Janos Hunyadi on November 22, 2006 at 2:04 AM

Quite right. Even more so than Goldberg described…

It might just be my perspective, but for a moment Katie looked kind of, how to say…….pudgy, and remotely like……..Rosie O’Donnell.

Then I remmebered that there is really no difference between the two shows.

But at least Dan knew that “you can’t make that dog fly in a cat show”……..

Emmett J. on November 22, 2006 at 2:23 AM

…as she shuttles crablike to her office, she’s heard to mutter, “Mr. Demille, I’m ready for my close-up….”

Priceless.

hillbillyjim on November 22, 2006 at 4:32 AM

I hate to defend Couric, but I didn’t see any meltdown. No tantrum, no kicking someone, no yelling, just a bored woman trying to fill in 2.5 minutes over a glitch.

Make no mistake, the authorities will find the bodies of several CBS News employees in abandoned buildings, Bronx alleys, and New Jersey landfills over the next few days. It’ll be just like the montage in Goodfellas. The one with the outro form “Layla.”

Sean M. on November 22, 2006 at 5:20 AM

First time I’ve seen a clip of Katie on her new set. OMG, what a bunch of pompus self-important music; I thought I was getting ready to watch the Olympics!

Yeah, the rub with these keyed-up fanfares they like to play, the ones that blast the theme “important occasion!” over & over again, is that they only work in small doses; anything more and they become a self-parody. Oops…

RD on November 22, 2006 at 7:32 AM

I don’t care enough to google up her salary but shouldn’t someone figure out the cost per minute?

mkstach on November 22, 2006 at 9:42 AM

With Thanksgiving coming up she could EASILY have done 150 seconds of how thankful we should be for all the blessings in this country. Oh, wait… libs aren’t thankful for anything.

You always have to have a “go-to-hell” plan. When everything gets completely screwed up you have to have something up your sleeve that you can pull out.

These people are imbeciles.

Mojave Mark on November 22, 2006 at 9:56 AM

Welcome to Stall Tactics 101

danarchy on November 22, 2006 at 11:02 AM

Hey Katie, penny for your thoughts….

I’m starting to believe this was PLANNED. It’s not as entertaining as ladies room stall talk, but it does have a way of getting exposure. How else are they gonna get on UTube?

shooter on November 22, 2006 at 11:22 AM

I don’t think you know the meaning of meltdown.

Alan on November 22, 2006 at 11:31 AM

From anyone who’s ever had airtime suddenly become “nothing on the air time”, you’ll get more sympathy than jokes. In the words of Richard Pryor; “That’s some scary s**t!” It’s rare to see everything go completely up at one of the networks, but let’s be fair, guys…When Couric did her sign off, you can be sure she was getting the “wrap-up” hand signal instead of the “stretch”. Someone behind the scenes made that decision, and the decision was “punt”…And fill in with promos. The producer and control room team will spend a long meeting explaining that decision to Miss Katie; who was standing on that set like it was the bridge of the Titanic.

And until the little red light went off, no life boat was coming.

52Ranger on November 22, 2006 at 12:26 PM

Video no longer available.

Martin on November 22, 2006 at 1:34 PM

I don’t think you know the meaning of meltdown.

“A rapid or disastrous decline or collapse.”

Jim Treacher on November 22, 2006 at 2:39 PM

This video has been removed at the request of copyright owner CBS Broadcasting, Inc because its content was used without permission

gee

me thinkst they didnt like the comments

:-)

One Angry Christian on November 22, 2006 at 4:09 PM