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July 17, 2014 - 3:15 pm

With a name like Krystal Ball, you’d think you’d get someone who can, you know, see things.

Today, on her MSNBC show, Ball got pranked by a man with an identifiable East Coast accent claiming to have been an eye witness to the Ukraine airplane shootdown.

The accent should have been Ball’s first clue that the caller was bogus. The caller blaming the crash on “a blast of wind from Howard Stern’s a**” should’ve been the second. The man calling Ball stupid, more or less, should have been her third.

Nope.

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Exit question: When does vox.com announce that they’re hiring Krystal Ball to write their explanatory journalism on how callers get screened for low-rated cable tv shows?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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(short rant alert)

It's fun poking at MSNBC (BTW, why does nobody make the connection to Microsoft [MS? Anyone?] any longer?) but what's the use?

What's their viewership? Single digits? All LIVs?  So who cares?

Microsoft. Common core? Bill Gates? The ass wipe that stole an OS from CP-M and Apple to build an empire and fortune??

Anyone?
22 weeks ago
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Never heard of her until now. Why did they hire a stripper to do the news?
22 weeks ago
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MSNBC, of course, is an acronym for, "Mentally Suspect - No Brain Cognition."
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When you named Krystal Ball, you've been officially doomed for life of anyone ever taking you seriously.
21 weeks ago
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Maybe she knew she was being punked, but he was her only caller. Better than dead air, right? Might even draw some viewers. I mean, they could really be that desperate.
21 weeks ago
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What mystifies me is how an incident like this can happen and MSNBC shows no shame or embarrassment. Do they screen their callers? Do they check up on the credentials the callers claim to have? Apparently not. The host obviously wasn't even paying attention, likely because her attention span is equal to that of a two-year-old child.
22 weeks ago
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She was probably already trying to come up with a follow up question and wasn't really paying much attention. Breaking news is always fun to watch. Some reporter that got their job because they look like a model and can usually string two sentences together without drooling is suddenly faced with talking in depth about some issue they neither know nor understand. They are so busy trying to sound competent and knowledgeable that they often make some really funny blunders. The only time I watch MSNBC is when it is on at someone else's house or at a public place.
21 weeks ago
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It cracks me up that after all these years, members of Howard Sterns "Whack pack" are still able to bluff their way onto the air and pull pranks like this.
The news channels are so desperate for a scoop when a huge story like this breaks out they are willing to believe anyone who calls in.
22 weeks ago
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Not sure, but I don't think a real embassy MSG would do something like that - even if he did see everything. Wouldn't be a good career move.
22 weeks ago
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That was priceless.
22 weeks ago
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Let me guess - the guy who called in said his name was Ben Dover.
22 weeks ago
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He claimed he was a military man, perhaps it was Major Woody?
21 weeks ago
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Heywood Jablome.
22 weeks ago
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Seymore Budtz
22 weeks ago
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Harry. Harry Skroat.
22 weeks ago
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I think it both hilarious and sad. Funny as hell they got pranked, but sad that they're apparently too stupid to properly screen calls. How hard is it to just put the caller on 10 second delay so someone can hit the mute button?
22 weeks ago
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I thought they all used some delay when doing live TV—you never know what might happen. If they are using a delay and let that get through, someone is going to have a bad day.

Funny when things like this happen, and funnier that it was MSNBC that thinks they are intellectually superior demigods.
21 weeks ago
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Ahh, The perils of not knowing geography.
22 weeks ago
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Krystal Ball is unusually stupid, even for MSNBC, beginning with her ludicrous name and going from there. But what does the caller's "identifiable East Coast accent" have to do with anything? He was claiming to be a non-commissioned officer assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. So why would his accent be the "first clue" that he was bogus?
22 weeks ago
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That's a good point, the accent is not necessarily germane to his claims. However, the embassy is located in Kiev so there is very little reason an embassy official could have been an eyewitness to an event occurring in the fields of Donetsk. MSNBC missed that clue completely.
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