Here’s a double shot of wrong. This LA TV sportscaster is narrating video highlights from a Los Angeles Kings playoff hockey game. She not only gets the pronunciations wrong of the players for the home team, the one this station allegedly covers, but then she also called a hockey puck “the ball”. Granted, everyone makes mistakes. But after the show this anchor went on Twitter and blamed the mistakes on someone else, in this case those who write her scripts. She did not know her subject, was caught, and didn’t take the blame. Not only does she come off looking ill-prepared for her job, but also unwilling to take the heat for her mistakes. Any reporter that knew the game and the players would never make these mistakes even if they were written down, they would have quickly caught the written errors and made sure they never made air. Take lessons here for every facet of your performance and appearances. Know your subject matter inside and out. Note your mistakes when you make them. And never blame someone else.
Even though the Los Angeles Kings are in the NHL western conference finals, the team has apparently failed to win the full attention of the city’s news stations. After KNBC mistook the Sacramento Kings of the NBA for the LA Kings last week, Fox O&O KTTV is stuck doing damage control over a segment that Yahoo! Sports described as “the worst highlight package of [the] NHL playoffs.”
KTTV sports anchor Liz Habib tried to will her way through an update on the Kings’ Game 3 victory last week that seemed doomed from the beginning (video above).
In addition to referring to the puck as “the ball,” Habib flubbed the names of two key Kings players–Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty. And then, as observant internet commenters have pointed out, KTTV’s graphics department used the old NHL logo.
Habib has been graciously responding to viewers on Twitter following the bungled segment, emphasizing that she’s a lifelong hockey fan and pointing out that there were errors in her script.