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Captioner sorry for calling Deschanel bomb suspect

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 24, 2013 at 7:17 a.m.


This screenshot shows actress Zooey Deschanel responding on Twitter to a closed caption from a Texas news broadcast that mistakenly identified her as a bombing suspect.

NEW YORK — A TV captioning service has apologized for misidentifying "New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel as one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects on a Texas news broadcast.

Lawrence, Kan.-based Caption Solutions says it and its captioner "deeply regret" the mistake. Company president Kala J. Patterson says in a statement issued Tuesday they "sincerely apologize for this error."

The erroneous onscreen text appeared during coverage by the Fox network affiliate KDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth of Friday's manhunt for a bombing suspect. It declared: "Marathon bombing. He is 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel."

The suspect was 19-year-old college student Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who later was arrested and hospitalized.

Deschanel learned of the TV captioning blunder over the weekend and tweeted: "Whoa! Epic closed captioning FAIL!"


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