Inside Move: Fox radio issues errant epithet

Bush blurb causes blushing among newsies, station

NEW YORK — A production gaffe Tuesday night dropped an f-bomb into the mouth of President Bush on more than 300 radio stations nationwide.

Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes was running through his script of stories at the bottom of the hour, but when he hit the button to insert the president’s quote, something else hit the airwaves.

“Can Congress agree on immigration reform? The president says yes and … eh, fuck me!”

Starnes’ epithet had been mistakenly recorded earlier and loaded into Fox’s computerized system. Fox Radio senior veep Kevin Magee said Starnes violated company policy by not reviewing the soundbite before the equivalent of hitting “send.”

“This was an honest mistake,” Magee said. “We are going through our system and making sure there are no other inappropriate cuts in the computer.”

Fox was flooded with complaints from affiliates Wednesday morning. Some were concerned about possible FCC fines.

“It wasn’t with malicious intent,” Magee said. “I think they can differentiate between a guy who hits the wrong button and (alluding to CBS’ recent fine) one who ripped Janet Jackson’s bra off.”

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