A prank caller — presumably a Howard Stern fan — got through MSNBC’s screening process on The Cycle during live coverage of the MH17 plane crash in Ukraine today. The caller posed as an eyewitness U.S. Staff Sargent at the Ukraine Embassy and joked the plane was knocked down by a “blast of wind from Howard Stern’s ass.” This very intensive, juvenile “joke” didn’t phase either the producers, screeners or host Krystal Ball who sat stonefaced and continued the questioning, prompting the caller to call her a “dumbass.” Only then did the show cut away.
Consider this, not only did the caller elude the MSNBC screening process, but the show’s producers labeled it an “EXCLUSIVE EYE WITNESS.”
Either the caller was very convincing or the screening process was very poor.
On the bright side, this is probably the most times anyone will have watched or heard of The Cycle in a given day.