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The Three Worst Video Media Disasters of 2013

It’s not easy to be named the worst video media disaster of the year. Someone has to do something spectacularly dumb to receive the honor.

In 2010, the award went to BP CEO Tony Hayward, who told cameras “I’d like my life back” after his company’s massive oil spill killed 11 workers.

In 2011, Rep. Anthony

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November 2013: The Worst Video Media Disaster

I’ve been writing the “worst video media disaster” series since August 2010. This is the first one I’m embarrassed to publish.

The graphic nature of this post makes me uneasy—but personal discomfort aside, this month’s worst video media disaster wasn’t even a close call.

Toronto’s Rob Ford—the crack-smoking, drunk-driving, alcohol-abusing mayor of Canada’s largest city—used vulgar language

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Harry Reid: Why Should I Help Children With Cancer?

National polling makes clear that the Republican Party—and House Republicans, in particular—are getting the majority of blame for the government shutdown.

More pundits than not agree that Republicans are in a precarious political position. The consensus of the mainstream media and much of the public is that Democrats are far likelier to “win” the political stare

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September 2013: The Worst Video Media Disaster

Clothing designer Kenneth Cole has a nasty little habit of newsjacking world events for his own benefit.

You may remember that he tried to get publicity for his new clothing line in 2011 by using the Egyptian Revolution that killed more than 800 people as a marketing hook:

At the time, Cole issued an apology:

“I apologize to

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August 2013: The Worst Video Media Disaster

It’s not uncommon for politicians to mangle a fact or two.

But during an interview earlier this month, Stephanie Banister, a 27-year-old Australian running for a seat in parliament on the fringe One Nation ticket, took fact-mangling to a new extreme.

Under normal circumstances, a candidate who was unable to name her opponents would be subject to

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Deja Vu: The Answer Miss Utah Should Have Given

To quote Yogi Berra, It’s like déjà vu all over again.

Another beauty pageant contestant is a YouTube sensation for colossally fumbling a competition question. This time, the awkward moment comes from Miss Utah USA, Marissa Powell. When asked about equal pay for women issues in the Miss America pageant last night, Miss Powell offered an

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The Worst Video Media Disaster Of March 2013

First, a disclosure: I wrote this story in mid-March before going on a two-week paternity leave.

So it’s possible that another public figure committed an even more memorable video media disaster during my absence. Either way, this month’s disaster deserves special recognition as one of the most bizarre moments in international diplomacy—ever.

It all started when former

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The Worst Video Media Disaster Of February 2013

When Florida Senator Marco Rubio offered the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address, his delivery was hampered by one of the worst cases of dry mouth ever televised.

The Senator’s entire performance was a bit of a mess. He removed sweat from his forehead numerous times, repeatedly licked and wiped his dehydrated

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