Ducky45 saidThat's why it's good to have the actual story, otherwise you like incompetent boobs! That’s one of the cardinal rules of journalism.
As a college TV Broadcasting Major, I once went in front of the cameras for a simulated audition judged by the co-anchor of the CBS-TV evening news at that time, Channel 2 in NYC, one of the 7 CBS O&Os back then. The format simulated a real news show, with commercial breaks. What we didn't realize was that this anchor guy was really looking for new talent; it wasn't entirely just a course exercise.
During one of those breaks this guy handed me a simulated breaking news story, ostensibly to see if I could read it "cold." But quickly scanning it, I could see it was gibberish, and I ignored it, sticking to my original copy, despite frantic gestures off-camera that I should read it.
Some of the other students made the mistake of trying to read it "on-air" and ended up looking like fools on camera, like those Fox people. The lesson of that exercise: the person on camera always has to protect his own ass against bad copy, and is responsible for what he reads or doesn't read. My decision was the correct answer.
(BTW, I was subsequently offered a job with CBS but declined it, since I was still in the Army, just taking college courses as part of my officer career development. I often have second thoughts about my decision. I was also offered an anchor spot with the brand new CNN, perhaps another bad call that I turned it down)
Later during that audition, this anchor guy deliberately knocked over an off-camera floor stand, the test for me being whether I knew it was loud enough to be heard over my lavaliere microphone, either ignoring it or explaining it to the home "audience."
I decided it had to be addressed, but feeling cocky at that point, dared that I could have some fun. So I said:
"A little upset in the studio you just heard there, nothing major. [The anchor's name] just stumbled into the studio drunk again."
He laughed and laughed out loud, and the audition ended. As I said, I was offered a job afterwards, which I wasn't seeking and declined. One of my fellow students became a producer with CBS, doing the Sunday Morning News with the late Charles Kuralt for a number of years. Funny, because I tutored her on the video control board, and her first job with Kuralt was as a Technical Director (TD), the person who operates the board. I do wonder at times why I stubbornly stayed with the Army...