An on-air graphic from Lexington, Kentucky NBC-affiliate Lex18 reported: “5 arrested in math lab bust.”
Wait, a MATH lab? Were the perpetrators misusing pi? Making illegal shortcuts on their long division?
Nope! Lex18 meant to say meth lab in its on-air report, but made an apparent typo.
An image of the error is posted on WeKnowMemes. A spokesperson confirmed to iMediaEthics by phone today that the station erred by reporting that the arrests were related to a math lab– not a meth lab. “It was an error,” the spokesperson said.
A person who didn’t want her name revealed said that she didn’t want to help us with our story because it’s “embarrassing.”
And, for more broadcast media boo-boos, see iMediaEthics’ 2010 story on wrong word choices.
Hat Tip: Robert Buckman