Sarkozy, sans slanderous chyron. (THOMAS COEX/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

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.”