Math Lab Bust? Whoops! Kentucky TV News Botches On-Air Caption

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A screenshot from NBC-affiliate Lex18's news story. (Credit: WeKnowMemes, screenshot)

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.”

Check out Lex18’s news story on the arrests related to the meth lab.

And, for more broadcast media boo-boos, see iMediaEthics’ 2010 story on wrong word choices.

Hat Tip: Robert Buckman

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Math Lab Bust? Whoops! Kentucky TV News Botches On-Air Caption

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