Saturday, November 20, 2010

Television anchors in paper-throwing tantrum as they miss bridge explosion

Two Chicago morning hosts had a comic meltdown when they missed a bridge implosion they had been covering on live television. Anchors Robin Baumgarten and Larry Potash from WGN news spoke for three minutes about the impending explosion of the Seneca bridge over the IIllinois River. Throughout their wait and small talk, they showed uneventful video of the river and the still-standing bridge to viewers.

'I think we're gonna stay with this,' Baumgarten told the camera. 'It's supposed to happen right at 7 o'clock. Minutes later, nothing had happened and the bridge was still there.

The show then briefly cut away to the weatherman. Within seconds, the explosion happened, and the news show missed the big event. The program went back to the live river shot, showing the steel bridge blown up and collapsed down into the river. 'Are you kidding me?' Baumgarten cries in mock exasperation, balling up paper and throwing it towards the camera.

'This is a metaphor for our show — another crash and burn. We stay live for three minutes and cut away for five seconds...' With that her cohost stuffed paper into his mouth, chewed it up and spit it out and Baumgarten started wildly gesticulating and pounding the table with her fists.

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