From Mad World News: A news anchor for News 12 The Bronx in New York was unaware that he was on live television on Wednesday morning, when he went off on a tirade about government assistance programs while speaking to fellow reporter Amy Yensi. The exchange went like this:
“And Dave wants you to also mention that parents do their f***ing jobs and walk their little kids to school on their own and not rely on everyone else,” Matt Pieper said. “Kind of like people rely on government assistance for their entire lives … I actually added the part about government assistance but it’s true. I mean, how old are these kids?”
Yensi jokingly responded, “I think I qualify for government assistance.”
“Just check that box girl,” Pieper replied.
“Hashtag EBT!” she exclaimed back, referring to the government assistance program.
The network responded to the incident after viewers flooded News 12′s Facebook page, demanding answers:
“As a result of a technical error during a program break this morning, a personal conversation between an anchor and a reporter was unintentionally placed on the air,” a News 12 statement said. “The conversation included offensive language and inappropriate commentary. News 12 the Bronx deeply regrets that this incident took place. The remarks of these individuals in no way reflect the views of News 12 management or other News 12 personnel,” the statement continued. “Steps have been taken to deal with the employees involved and resolve the technical issues. We take this incident extremely seriously and we sincerely apologize to all who may have been offended.”
Amusingly, while scouring the Internet for the video, many are labeling Pieper’s blooper as “racist.” Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but a race is never mentioned, so wouldn’t those automatically assuming only a certain race receives government assistance be the true racists? See for yourself in the clip below and you decide.