CNN displays disclaimer warning before playing national anthem; forced to react after backlash

CNN adds credence to the old saying that if you stick around long enough, you are certain to see just about everything — including a disclaimer warning that you’re about to hear the “Star Spangled Banner.

The network did one of those heartwarming stories about a member of the U.S. military returning from a deployment to surprise family, “Sailor mom surprises daughter at school.”

According to The Daily Caller, just before the presentation begins, a warning message appeared that stated: “Please be advised you are about to hear an excerpt of the national anthem.”

The touching story depicts a room full of elementary school students waving flags and singing the national anthem at a school program to honor veterans.

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Daily Caller

Incredible?

Well, the network offered a plausible excuse — it was a rogue employee!

A CNN spokesman told The Daily Caller the disclaimer was a mistake, saying an employee reacted to a company policy that only allows the national anthem to be played in full and inserted the notice because only part of the song was played in the video.

Meaning it had nothing to do with the substance of the song, The Daily Caller reported.

“The graphic was included in error and has been removed,” the spokesman said. “The video remains on the site.”

For CNN to stumble on a story such as this is like blowing a layup. Then again, there’s a reason the network is ratings-challenged.

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