Wednesday, November 23, 2005

CNN Says X Over Cheney's Face Was a Computer Glitch

From the Associated Press
CNN has apologized for a "technical malfunction" that briefly flashed a black "X" mark over the face of Vice President Dick Cheney during the network's coverage of a speech on Monday.

The "X" is something used by a computer to mark a space where one visual element is to segue into another, and is normally not seen by a viewer. The network likened its appearance to a computer that inexplicably freezes.

"We obviously regret that it happened and are working on the equipment to ensure it is not repeated," the network said in a statement.
The explanation sounds logical, so I suppose we have to take them at their word. It's just an odd coincidence that the X appeared over the Vice President's face, and one has to wonder what graphic was going to be placed in the middle of the screen. It still might be a good idea for the FCC to investigate the incident. Surely CNN is anxious to ferret out anyone who might be deliberately sabotaging their broadcasts.