Watch MSNBC Awkwardly Cut Away From A Serious Interview For A Bieber Update
By Mack Rawden 2014-01-24 16:22:14
Celebrity gossip puts asses in the seats. Whether youíre willing to admit it or not, thereís something about famous people getting arrested, getting married, having children and saying crazy things that makes a high percentage of us turn our heads. Itís not logical or particularly noble, but itís a stone cold fact that every single news outlet in the world knows. Most networks try and play that close to the vest, but now and again, the lust to generate ratings gets a little more obviousólike say when Justin Bieber gets arrested.
The pop star was thrown in the slammer earlier this week for allegedly drag racing, driving under the influence and resisting arrest. He later took one of the more absurd mug shots Iíve ever seen and was hauled in front of a judge to answer for his behavior. Itís at that moment that MSNBC decided to cut away from normal news coverage to show viewers the inside of the court room. Sounds reasonable, right? WellÖ.
The whole thing was actually beyond awkward because correspondent Andrew Mitchell was in the middle of an interview with Congresswoman Jane Harman, who was speaking live from Switzerland. So, the transition basically played like, ďHey, hey, real news. Slow down for a minute. We appreciate the thought, but we need to cut you off in favor of the fake sensationalist news.Ē
Not surprisingly, the hilariously awkward clip has been making the rounds all day. Itís gone so wide, in fact, that other NBC stations like E! have been joking about it all day.
MSNBC will definitely cut away from regular programming for Bieber-related shenanigans, but something tells me theyíll be a little smoother about it next time.