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(Washington Post)   Prank 'eyewitness' on air on MSNBC says MH shot down 'by a blast of wind by Howard Stern's ass.' Unbelievably, TV host presses on, asks another question   (washingtonpost.com ) divider line
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2014-07-17 05:02:56 PM  
I'd say fairly believably, actually. It's pretty obvious that she didn't hear his reply (she probably heard the run-together "Howardstern'sass" as being a placename), and so she asked the next question.

The real idiot is the one who failed to vet the interviewee before putting them on air.
 
2014-07-17 05:08:32 PM  
 
2014-07-17 05:27:14 PM  
Is he still a thing?
 
2014-07-17 07:17:09 PM  

BalugaJoe: Is he still a thing?


God, that was funny ten years ago when people said that. Are you going to feign surprise the Simpsons are still on the air too, to brag about your age and cluelessness?
 
2014-07-17 07:48:14 PM  

gweilo8888: I'd say fairly believably, actually. It's pretty obvious that she didn't hear his reply (she probably heard the run-together "Howardstern'sass" as being a placename), and so she asked the next question.

The real idiot is the one who failed to vet the interviewee before putting them on air.


Exactly.  Over and over again these over-eager newspeople take callers at their word that they're witnesses and experts.  Keep this in mind every time you watch the news.
 
2014-07-17 07:52:09 PM  

Earguy: gweilo8888: I'd say fairly believably, actually. It's pretty obvious that she didn't hear his reply (she probably heard the run-together "Howardstern'sass" as being a placename), and so she asked the next question.

The real idiot is the one who failed to vet the interviewee before putting them on air.

Exactly.  Over and over again these over-eager newspeople take callers at their word that they're witnesses and experts.  Keep this in mind every time you watch the news.


This is over and above the fact that human witnesses, even when genuine, are typically horseshiat when it comes to accurately recounting an event.
 
2014-07-17 08:12:08 PM  
I'm trying to understand how, if the caller identified himself as a Staff Sgt. at the US Embassy, which as far as I know would be located in Kiev and at least 8 or 9 hours from the border, the screener would have accepted him as an eyewitness in the first place. It's equally interesting that Wemple himself seems to be focusing only on the fact that many buildings were destroyed in the area and that should have been the giveaway to the screener, since the "eyewitness" supposedly viewed it from a window. Wemple, I don't think you're as smart as you think you are.
 
2014-07-17 08:42:49 PM  
I bet Ho Lee Fuk is getting a kick out of this.
 
2014-07-17 08:43:43 PM  
What is "MH"?

/ Just write the words, asshole, you're not on twitter.
 
2014-07-17 08:46:49 PM  

jaytkay: What is "MH"?

/ Just write the words, asshole, you're not on twitter.


Probably the first half of "MH17", the flight that was shot down.
 
2014-07-17 08:47:13 PM  

Confabulat: BalugaJoe: Is he still a thing?

God, that was funny ten years ago when people said that. Are you going to feign surprise the Simpsons are still on the air too, to brag about your age and cluelessness?


Wait a minute.......next you're going to tell me that SNL is still on the air.
 
2014-07-17 08:48:14 PM  
I was hip until he called he a dumb ass, The dumbassery at MSNBC may be on display, but it's apportioned among several actors. The dumbassery of the caller, however, belongs to just one dude. A dude whose choices point to his life  having peaked in high school
 
2014-07-17 08:49:33 PM  

jaytkay: What is "MH"?


The IATA code for Malaysia airlines.

http://www.airlinecodes.info/mh/iata-code-for-malaysia-airlines
 
2014-07-17 08:50:17 PM  
The real dumbass here is the prank caller, not because he's making light of a tragic event, but because he delivered his line, and then, when she didn't hang up on him immediately, he was at a loss for any clever followup.  He could have gone down in history with one of the greatest prank interviews in history, but he blew his load in the first shot.  It's like Jason Biggs in American Pie.  He ejaculates prematurely and then, when he gets his second wind, that's wasted too.

There is no cure P.C.D. (Prank Call Disfunction) but if we ridicule him maybe we can encourage other prank callers to be better prepared.  (And dude, really?  Prank calling a tragedy?  All the opportunities out there and you decide to go Howard Stern on a mass fatality?)
 
2014-07-17 08:50:39 PM  

gweilo8888: I'd say fairly believably, actually. It's pretty obvious that she didn't hear his reply (she probably heard the run-together "Howardstern'sass" as being a placename), and so she asked the next question.

The real idiot is the one who failed to vet the interviewee before putting them on air.


That!

I'm not going to fault the cute news chick too much.  You could take the "fart from Howard Stern's ass" as a metaphor or something.

She actually handled it very well.  She gave him the benefit of the doubt with the first trollish comment, but then he goes overboard and outright calls her a dumbass.  She maintains her composure though.  I shamefully admit I chuckled a little bit though.
 
2014-07-17 08:50:59 PM  
What are you all talking about?? Her name is Krystal Ball. Either she is a dumbass, or her parents are dumbasses. And most certainly MSNBS are a bunch of dumb asses for having here on the air
 
2014-07-17 08:51:39 PM  
Imagine if this story was on Fox News instead of MSNBC.

Would your reaction still be the same?
 
2014-07-17 08:52:49 PM  
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-17 08:53:03 PM  

gweilo8888: The real idiot is the one who failed to vet the interviewee before putting them on air.


The paradigm of cable news has long has been about getting the story first, as opposed to correctly. I don't even see a single reason why a live newscast would even TAKE a live "caller" in most circumstances, including this one. Someone is calling the station claiming to be So and So and has information? Okay, feed the screener a few questions, then spend the next 15-30 minutes vetting not only the person but their statements, and play it later if it passes the smell test.
 
2014-07-17 08:53:19 PM  

shlabotnik: Imagine if this story was on Fox News instead of MSNBC.

Would your reaction still be the same?


Yes.  I would only take pleasure in it if it happened to CNN.
 
2014-07-17 08:53:47 PM  

RandomTux: What are you all talking about?? Her name is Krystal Ball. Either she is a dumbass, or her parents are dumbasses. And most certainly MSNBS are a bunch of dumb asses for having here on the air


I worked with a Crystal Button. Nice woman. Awful name.
 
2014-07-17 08:55:12 PM  

shlabotnik: Imagine if this story was on Fox News instead of MSNBC.

Would your reaction still be the same?


Don't be ridiculous. Fox News wouldn't be interviewing an "eyewitness" on the phone. Fox News would be interviewing a Republican congressman who would be blaming Obama. Sheesh.
 
2014-07-17 08:55:46 PM  
Wow, wait till Howard talks about it on his show tomor--oh, that's right, he doesn't work Fridays.
 
2014-07-17 08:57:26 PM  
MesSNBC.
 
2014-07-17 08:58:05 PM  
When was the last time Howard Stern has even been tangentially related to anything important? This pranker was probably planted by HS himself.
 
2014-07-17 08:59:04 PM  

jaytkay: What is "MH"?

/ Just write the words, asshole, you're not on twitter.


Yea!  And what is MSNBC,  and TV?

Just write the words asshole,  abbreviations are the debbil!
 
2014-07-17 09:00:44 PM  

RandomTux: What are you all talking about?? Her name is Krystal Ball. Either she is a dumbass, or her parents are dumbasses. And most certainly MSNBS are a bunch of dumb asses for having here on the air


She probably thought that was pretty clever.

If the news thing doesn't work out for her it would be a great porn name.
 
2014-07-17 09:01:00 PM  

Grumpy Cat: RandomTux: What are you all talking about?? Her name is Krystal Ball. Either she is a dumbass, or her parents are dumbasses. And most certainly MSNBS are a bunch of dumb asses for having here on the air

I worked with a Crystal Button. Nice woman. Awful name.


I had a teacher in high school named Fonda Johnson.  Then she married some guy whose last name was Cox.

/Swurtagawd.
 
2014-07-17 09:02:15 PM  
The real point isn't Stern's supposed irrevealence. It's msnbc's lack of journalistic integrity.
 
2014-07-17 09:03:19 PM  

gweilo8888: I'd say fairly believably, actually. It's pretty obvious that she didn't hear his reply (she probably heard the run-together "Howardstern'sass" as being a placename), and so she asked the next question.

The real idiot is the one who failed to vet the interviewee before putting them on air.



The fact that she continued asking new questions without even noticing the reply to her previous question still makes her a dumbass.
 
2014-07-17 09:04:25 PM  

johnnyrocket: jaytkay: What is "MH"?

The IATA code for Malaysia airlines.

http://www.airlinecodes.info/mh/iata-code-for-malaysia-airlines


Cuz everybody  knows  all the IATA codes.

And everybody knows what the IATA is.
 
2014-07-17 09:05:00 PM  

berylman: When was the last time Howard Stern has even been tangentially related to anything important? This pranker was probably planted by HS himself.


Ha, do you have Stern thread radar? I have you favourited as 'Stern Obsessive'. I'm sure he'll notice you one day. Unless you were the caller. Well played.
 
2014-07-17 09:05:46 PM  

drivingsouth: Oh my lawd, dis is quite tenses. I sees da OJ.



http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=bLmoqbR3gto

So what you are saying was that was a totally farcical call?


BTW, that was Captain Janks on the call. He has a loooong history of getting on "news" channels saying something about Howard Stern's ass, then calling the person a dumbass when they continue on like he said something reasonable instead of just hanging up on him as a crank caller.

http://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=captain+janks+prank+calls&tbm=vi d
 
2014-07-17 09:06:11 PM  

DrTexas: Grumpy Cat: RandomTux: What are you all talking about?? Her name is Krystal Ball. Either she is a dumbass, or her parents are dumbasses. And most certainly MSNBS are a bunch of dumb asses for having here on the air

I worked with a Crystal Button. Nice woman. Awful name.

I had a teacher in high school named Fonda Johnson.  Then she married some guy whose last name was Cox.

/Swurtagawd.


Marcy Darcy?
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-07-17 09:07:12 PM  
1. "Krystal Ball" ?!

2. There's a reason most parts of the world refer to these people as "news readers" and not "journalists" -- They're pretty, air-filled talking heads who read what's put in front of them. That's all. The days of Walter Cronkite are over. These people are essentially models who talk on camera (as opposed to most musicians today being models who pretend to sing on camera (but we know the real singing is done by Autotune).

3. The dude's prank was pretty lame. You got on pretending to be a high-ranking military officer, and you go with a Howard Stern fart joke?! Really?!  There aren't enough interrobangs for me to express my disappointment. He could have said ANYTHING, and he went for a fart joke... And not just any fart joke, but a lowbrow Howard Stern fart joke. I've seen more clever rejoinders in recent Adam Sandler movies, dude.
 
2014-07-17 09:08:22 PM  
I would have said something like no doubt Russia shot a missile at the plane.  Now they are invading by the thousands.  Then maybe play some  gunfire in the background with some Russians yelling.
 
2014-07-17 09:08:29 PM  

Boo_Guy: RandomTux: What are you all talking about?? Her name is Krystal Ball. Either she is a dumbass, or her parents are dumbasses. And most certainly MSNBS are a bunch of dumb asses for having here on the air


She probably thought that was pretty clever.

If the news thing doesn't work out for her it would be a great porn name.


Krystal Balled

/ little twist
 
2014-07-17 09:09:57 PM  

jaytkay: johnnyrocket: jaytkay: What is "MH"?

The IATA code for Malaysia airlines.

http://www.airlinecodes.info/mh/iata-code-for-malaysia-airlines

Cuz everybody  knows  all the IATA codes.

And everybody knows what the IATA is.


Malaysia Airlines has been in the news since the crash of MH370 on March 8th. I think by now everyone should know what MH stands for. You had a brain fart. Just admit it and move on. It happens to all of us. We still love you. ;>p
 
2014-07-17 09:11:25 PM  

Earguy: gweilo8888: I'd say fairly believably, actually. It's pretty obvious that she didn't hear his reply (she probably heard the run-together "Howardstern'sass" as being a placename), and so she asked the next question.

The real idiot is the one who failed to vet the interviewee before putting them on air.

Exactly.   Over and over again these over-eager newspeople take callers at their word that they're witnesses and experts.  Keep this in mind every time you watch the news.


A friend of a friend in a medical field was going to be interviewed on ABC radio, our famous national station. Prime time chat, mid morning.

Him+the interviewer were going to be taking callers, so, I dunno, maybe I was hungover and still half drunk and I decided to be one of those callers and wait in the queue.

So I ring the station stating my business, and this dude's all "Thanks Christ! We'd wondered what happened to you! We've already started the intro and you're on air in 10 seconds...."

I'm thinkin' "huh? I'm not him, I want to speak to him." And it was sinking in, but hadn't fully sunk in, when the ABC announcer asks me a question about my medical field of study.

And now I'm thinkin'.... all like Eminem.... "this is unbelievable, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, you only get ONE SHOT, say something really funny, say something really funny...."

Then I blurted out "why don't you just suck my dick!" and hung up.

// fail
// sea of shame
 
2014-07-17 09:12:52 PM  

RandomTux: What are you all talking about?? Her name is Krystal Ball. Either she is a dumbass, or her parents are dumbasses. And most certainly MSNBS are a bunch of dumb asses for having here on the air


I thought *I* was being pranked when I read her name.
 
2014-07-17 09:13:40 PM  

zerkalo: I was hip until he called he a dumb ass, The dumbassery at MSNBC may be on display, but it's apportioned among several actors. The dumbassery of the caller, however, belongs to just one dude. A dude whose choices point to his life  having peaked in high school


i agree with you if by "peaked" you mean "once got a free taco from Taco Bell."

/Krystal Ball is hot
//don't care what her name is
///could be Slashie McThree for all I care
 
2014-07-17 09:15:44 PM  
earloftaint.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-07-17 09:17:25 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: Malaysia Airlines has been in the news since the crash of MH370 on March 8th. I think by now everyone should know what MH stands for.


I haven't had it drilled into my head. I don't watch TV. I read the news.

/ And books
// Sorry to upset you
 
2014-07-17 09:18:18 PM  

TomD9938: Boo_Guy: RandomTux: What are you all talking about?? Her name is Krystal Ball. Either she is a dumbass, or her parents are dumbasses. And most certainly MSNBS are a bunch of dumb asses for having here on the air


She probably thought that was pretty clever.

If the news thing doesn't work out for her it would be a great porn name.

Krystal Balled

/ little twist


Twist it too much and you could end up with torsion. Not a fun time!
 
2014-07-17 09:18:31 PM  
Oh look. Another idiot howard stern and his idiot fans thread. Seriously? Boob, fart and penis jokes? Is his fan base 12?

/you're all stupid
 
2014-07-17 09:18:45 PM  
 "...it would appear that the plane was shot down by a blast of wind from Howard Stern's ass."

"Well, you're a dumb-, aren't you?"


Funny how it's okay to say "ass," but not "dumbass."
 
2014-07-17 09:19:15 PM  
Holy shiat...too funny. I'll never get sick of people calling in to live news just to pull the "Howard Stern's ___" joke.

/I don't wanna grow up
 
2014-07-17 09:20:01 PM  
America's got talent.
 
2014-07-17 09:20:59 PM  
I still remember when Bob Hope died.
CNN had an "exclusive" with someone claiming to be in the room when old Ski Nose finally passed at 148. The anchor asked the "witness" to describe the final minutes of old Lesley Townes. The call said something along the lines of, "It was very peaceful. He choked on Howard Stern's nutsak.

theychosepoorly.files.wordpress.com
"Hey, I wanna tell ya...."
 
2014-07-17 09:21:14 PM  

Pocket Ninja: I'm trying to understand how, if the caller identified himself as a Staff Sgt. at the US Embassy, which as far as I know would be located in Kiev and at least 8 or 9 hours from the border, the screener would have accepted him as an eyewitness in the first place. It's equally interesting that Wemple himself seems to be focusing only on the fact that many buildings were destroyed in the area and that should have been the giveaway to the screener, since the "eyewitness" supposedly viewed it from a window. Wemple, I don't think you're as smart as you think you are.


I want to know what bet or dare he won from that. Getting that on air has got to be worth a couple bottles of fine spirits.
 
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