The 5 worst media disasters from June

From shoddy reporting to President Obama’s ‘the private sector is doing’ statement, these are the bizarre, rude, and cringe-worthy moments from last month.

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So without any further ado, here’s this month’s collection of blunders, featuring a deceased spouse, some bad reporting, and an aggressive heckler.

5. Hey, Martin Short: How’s your dead wife doing?

“Today” show host Kathie Lee Gifford committed an embarrassing gaffe when she asked comic Martin Short how his wife was doing. The problem? Short’s wife, Nancy, died two years ago.

Two things are noteworthy about this gaffe. First, Giffords’ question suggested a more intimate friendship with the Shorts than she clearly had. Second, note Short’s incredibly graceful reaction. His poise during an uncomfortable moment only made him look better.

Note: Although this occurred at the end of May, it missed the deadline for last month’s list.

4. CNN and Fox News blow Supreme Court call

In their zeal to report the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law, two of the biggest cable news channels blew the story. Both incorrectly reported that the individual mandate was dead.

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