Yikes! Zooey Deschanel Mistakenly Identified as Boston Bomber

A closed-captioning error showed up on a news broadcast naming the actress as a suspect!

Here's a Zooey Deschanel anecdote that's far from adorkable. During the manhunt for presumed Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a Fox News affiliate identified the suspect in its closed-captioning as "19-year-old Zooey Deschanel."

Needless to say, the New Girl actress had nothing to do with Monday's tragic events. Whoever was transcribing the live broadcast seems to have heard the "Z" sound and jumped to the wrong conclusion. Or, more likely, the error was made by voice-recognition software, which produced the closest match it could find.

The embarrassing flub was caught by a quick-thinking radio producer named Peter Ogburn, who posted a screen capture on Twitter. The tweet was then picked up by The Soup host Joel McHale (who added the words "Oh my"). And that's how it got to Zooey herself:



To which the original poster responded:



Amusing as it is, this kind of error is a reminder that live news is put together very quickly, often without much fact-checking. So when a news station confuses an actress for a terrorist, or mistakes a photo of Tina Fey for Sarah Palin, it's all part of the process. Makes you take "breaking news" with a grain of salt, doesn't it?

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