CNN warned its audience that they were about to hear an excerpt of the National Anthem. It said:
“Please be advised you are about to hear an excerpt of the national anthem.”
Needless to say, the warning was a mistake. The Daily Caller’s Eric Owens has CNN’s explanation:
The warning was the result of a mistake by an employee, a CNN spokesman told The Daily Caller. It stemmed from the employee’s unfortunate interpretation of a company policy which, respectfully, only allows “The Star-Spangled Banner” to be played in its glorious entirety.
Thus, the warning wasn’t about the substance of the national anthem. It was about the fact that the video contained only part of the song.
“The graphic was included in error and has been removed,” the CNN spokesman said. “The video remains on the site.”