<img hspace="0" border="0" align="right" src="media/2005-11-21-CNNLiveCheneyDru.jpg" />On Monday, during Vice President Dick Cheney's speech which was being broadcast live over CNN, a large black "X" was repeatedly flashed over the Vice President (h/t <a href="http://www.drudgereport.com/">Drudge</a>). <a href="http://www.drudgereport.com/vpotus2.JPG">Here's the screen shot</a>, and here's how Drudge describes what happened: <blockquote><p>At 11:04:45 AM ET Monday CNN was airing Vice President Dick Cheney's speech live from the American Enterprise Institute in Washington -- when a large black 'X' repeatedly flashed over the vice president's face! The 'X' over Cheney's face appeared each time less than a second, creating an odd subliminal effect. </p><p><a href="http://www.drudgereport.com/vpotus2.JPG">As this DRUDGE REPORT screen capture reveals</a>, while one 'X' flashed over Cheney's face CNN ran a headline at the bottom of its screen: "CHENEY: I DO NOT BELIEVE IT IS WRONG TO CRITICIZE." </p><p>One top White House source expressed concern about what was aired over CNN. "Is someone in Atlanta trying to tell us something?" </p><p>A CNN spokesman did not return repeated calls late Monday night. </p></blockquote><p>On FoxNews Monday night, Drudge said the "X" was shown repeatedly for about 1/15th of a second, too quick to see without slowing down the tape. I'm sure CNN's explanation will be very interesting.</p><p>UPDATE 23:55 from Matthew Sheffield: <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/cnn/drudge_delighted_by_cnn_glitch_2... has CNN's explanation:</p><blockquote><p>Upon seeing this unfortunate but very brief graphic, CNN senior management immediately investigated. We concluded this was a technological malfunction not an issue of operator error. A portion of the switcher experienced a momentary glitch. We obviously regret that it happened and are working on the equipment to ensure it is not repeated.</p></blockquote>UPDATE 11-22 12:23 from Matthew Sheffield: The Dan Report <a href="http://thedanreport.blogspot.com/2005/11/cheney-x-revealed.html">reveals... that besides the "X" the words "Transition begins after 5 seconds of black" were also on the screen.
X Marks the Vice President