Fox 4's Captioning Service Really Sorry for IDing Zooey Deschanel as Boston Bomber
We somehow missed this in the chaotic aftermath of last week's Boston Marathon bombing, partly because we don't watch the news with closed captioning on, partly because we don't follow Zooey Deschanel on Twitter. But local Fox affiliate KDFW seems to have labeled the 33-year-old actress/indie songstress/Apple pitchwoman as an alleged terrorist.
"Whoa! Epic closed captioning FAIL!" she tweeted when she saw the above screenshot, in which the surviving suspect in the bombing is described as "19-year-old Zooey Deschanel."
That, of course, is exactly what any terrorist with social media would say, but it seems that Deschanel was telling the truth. Far as we can tell, the FBI never considered that the adorable indie icon might be involved in the attack. The surviving suspect was, and still is, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The blunder was the fault of Caption Solution, a Kansas-based company that provides real-time closed captioning services to local TV stations. The company's president, Kala Patterson, issued an apology, as the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. Gawker says it was the work of a "rogue employee."
Now, just so we're clear, suspected terrorist:
Not a terrorist: