The clip of Fox News anchor Heather Childers confusing the NAACP and the NCAA went viral across the internet, but she wasn’t the only one.
MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer both made the same on-air goof, although resulting in far less ridicule and mockery for whatever reason. See embedded videos below.
You’ll recall that Childers referred to the UConn Huskies men’s basketball team as the “2104 NAACP national champs.”
On Thursday afternoon, while introducing a panel of guests to discuss an Obama speech, Ronan Farrow said, “… And also Ben Jealous, former head of the NCAA.” A producer must have corrected Farrow in his earpiece, because after an awkward pause and a deer-in-headlights look, Farrow said “NAACP, I apologize.”
Similarly, in the runup to March Madness bracketology, Wolf Blitzer said “…President Obama does some judging of his own, predicting who will win the NAACP championship.”
It’s unlikely that many viewers saw the Ronan Farrow gaffe in real time.
Farrow, 28, is the son of actress Mia Farrow and movie director Woody Allen, although there have been reports that Frank Sinatra might actually be the biological father.
Despite all the hoopla that surrounded the launch of Ronan Farrow’s talk show, Ronan Farrow Daily, the program is failing in the ratings and may wind up cancelled sooner rather than later. According to an unnamed MSNBC source, “He sort of stinks on TV. He hasn’t turned out to be the superstar they were hoping for.” The source added that Farrow’s Twitter following hasn’t gravitated to the liberal network. “But that hasn’t happened. Just because someone is a boy genius-turned-Twitter star doesn’t mean they deserve their own TV show.”
In late March, Farrow’s 1 pm daily MSNBC talk show was drawing less viewers that a midnight broadcast of Baggage on the Game Show Network and an 8 am rerun of The Golden Girls on the Hallmark Channel.
Have you ever watched the Ronan Farrow talk show?