TV news anchor's blunder goes viral
UNDATED (WHDH) -- Live television can be a dangerous thing and one news anchor in North Dakota making his very first appearance on air had a blunder that's gone viral.
Right at the top of North Dakota’s weekend news A.J. Clemente uttered his first words as a TV anchor - and they were a rough way to start.
NBC affiliate KFYR was juggling multiple stories that evening, but Clemente didn't seem to realize he was on camera.
It didn't get much better after his co-anchor's first question - he stammered out a response that didn’t make much sense.
The video went viral.
Clemente tweeted, "That couldn't have gone any worse!"
"Spreads like wildfire on YouTube and stuff, because it's just like so secondhand embarrassing but it's also kind of fascinating,” said of Buzzfeed.
Clemente's bosses weren't amused. The fledgling anchor was first suspended, and then outright fired. But did the punishment suit the crime?
Consider one moment, also on TV over the weekend - Red Sox slugger David Ortiz's message following the marathon bombings.
"This is our ***** city,” was met with cheers.
Even the head of the FCC, the strict TV watchdog, excused Big Papi for his foul language.
"David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today's red sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston,” Julien of the FCC tweeted.
Clemente got similar support from viewers on KFYR’s Facebook page.
One viewer wrote, "The kid screwed up big time, but he shouldn't have to have his early career ruined."
Instead, the apology came from the news director, along with an assurance that off-color on-camera comments like that would never happen again.
The news director of the station went on to stay that they prepare their anchors to act as though the camera is "always" live and apologized again for the incident.