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1Zooey Deschanel Gets a Closed-Caption Apology

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Nobody needs to even bother messing with my girl Zooey Deschanel – she’s adorable. Go ahead and try to deny it! Pretend she’s too twee or too hipster or too whatever for your tastes, and then get with the program and realise she’s cute and get over it. Anyway, Fox News apparently didn’t get the message, nor did Kansas-based closed-captioning service Caption Solutions, who falsely identified her as the Boston bomber last week, as you probably remember:

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It was by far the weirdest – and outright stupidest – mistake I’ve seen Fox make in a while. Well, no, I take that back. I just kinda don’t understand how it happened to begin with. But no matter! Caption Solutions has come forward and offered Zooey a formal apology. Because, you know, this is that big of a deal (it totally isn’t).

From The New York Post:

The Kansas-based Caption Solutions says it and its captioner “deeply” regrets the snafu. In a statement, company president Kala J. Patterson said they “sincerely apologize for this error.”

The onscreen text appeared last Friday on KDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth during their coverage of the manhunt for a Boston bombing suspect. Accompanying a photo of accused suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was a caption that read: “Marathon Bomber. He is 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel.”

Viewers noticed Deschanel’s name and quickly posted screen grabs of the gaffe.

When Deschanel learned of the TV captioning blunder, she tweeted: “Whoa! Epic closed captioning FAIL!”

It’s a slow news day, leave me alone.

April 26, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer

One Response to “Zooey Deschanel Gets a Closed-Caption Apology”

  1. Cece says:

    I originally thought it wasn’t a big deal too, but then I realized that’s probably because I can hear. Its *doubtful, but a deaf individual watching the news may not be able to tell otherwise. It’s easy to forget that close captioning isn’t really for the hearing able.

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