October’s 5 Worst Video Media Disasters

It’s that time again…for the five worst video media disasters of the month!

This month’s selections include the head of a news network, a former news anchor, a rape suspect, a Senate candidate charged with felony obscenity, and a Senate candidate who is not a witch. Let the games begin!

#5: Let’s say you’re the head of MSNBC. And let’s say you decide to promote your network’s new brand by shooting a video and uploading it to YouTube. You might want to check the television behind your head and make sure it’s not tuned to CNN. Just saying.

#4: Few people would want to talk about the rape charges they’re facing. But when Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange walked out of a CNN interview with cameras rolling, he guaranteed the rape charge would get significantly more coverage.

Click here to see our full analysis of this incident, “Wikileaks Founder Walks Off CNN Interview.”

#3: CNN’s Rick Sanchez lost his job after an angry, self-pitying rant, during which he accused Jon Stewart of being a bigot who picked on him because he was Hispanic.

Click here to see our full analysis of this incident, “What Rick Sanchez Should Do Now,” and click here to see our follow-up article, “Why Rick Sanchez’s Half-Apology Stinks.”

#2: Our runner-up, Christine O’Donnell (Delaware’s GOP Senate candidate), is stumped when asked about the Supreme Court. Anyone can have a gap in their knowledge – but Ms. O’Donnell flubbed essentially the same question Sarah Palin blew two years earlier.

Click here to see our full analysis of this incident, “Christine O’Donnell Blanks on Supreme Court.”

#1: But we reserve this month’s win for South Carolina’s Democratic Senate candidate, Alvin Greene.

He was a bit unclear. Who, exactly, started the recession?

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