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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 05/07/2012

MSNBC explains Sarkozy-prostitute mistake

Sarkozy, sans slanderous chyron. (THOMAS COEX - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
The cable TV-watching world had a blast today joking about how MSNBC placed a chyron (explanatory screen text, that is) in front of French President Nicolas Sarkozy that read: “Prostitute Speaks.”(Huffington Post has good images of the slipup.)

An MSNBC source notes that there was no editorial error here. The control room “cut too soon” to the banner prepared for the following story, which was, obviously, the Secret Service’s durable sex scandal. Says the source, “The incorrect banner was up for about one second before it was switched with the correct banner graphic ‘Au Revoir Austerity.’ Human error on our part.”

The official word from the network? “MSNBC regrets the error and we apologize to President Sarkozy and our viewers.”

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