Someone in the CNN control booth was asleep at the switch Friday. The seven-second delay — also known (with good reason, as will be seen presently) as the profanity delay — generally gives a producer sufficient time to prevent to edit out any unwanted four-letter commentary.
In the video that follows, notice that the on-screen talent appearing alongside foreign affairs correspondent Elise Labott doesn’t so much as flinch when she drops her s-bomb (s in this case being “stuff”).
That is most likely because this happens more frequently than most viewers know. The two apparently assumed the errant profanity would get blipped. Surprise!
Here, for what it is worth, is a transcript of Labott statement:
Right now the U.S. is not just talking about what it can do, but it’s talking to countries in the region. How they can help support anything that the U.S. would do because they’ll need overflight rights, they’ll need air space, that type of sh*t — uh, stuff.