A video of a US reporter saying she tried to contact a man who died in a police chase but he was "unavailable for comment" has gone viral.
The unfortunate slip of the tongue was made by journalist Sara Welch, reporting for Los Angeles news channel KLTA.
"We tried to reach out to the man, who died in this pursuit, they were unavailable for comment," Welch said, while working on the fatal pursuit in South California.
The clip was shared on Twitter by journalist Yasher Ali. It is not known when it originally aired.
When I say I nearly passed out from laughing... pic.twitter.com/TJgpLocqrL
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) September 16, 2019
According to KLTA's website, Welch is an esteemed journalist who received an Emmy nomination for her work.
She reported from lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the 9/11, Indy 100 reported.
The video left Twitterati in splits:
Open mouth. Brain fall out.
— Britt Woo (@brittswoo) September 16, 2019
She was thisclose to the biggest get in journalism history
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 17, 2019
If you died laughing she might interview you.
— Debra (@DebraDee57) September 16, 2019
— Liam Martin (@LiamWBZ) September 16, 2019
— JIRT87 ♉ (@tempesttbaggett) September 17, 2019
when you're the reporter who goes the extra mile to get a comment, even if you don't expect to get a response pic.twitter.com/3WtKuvahRG
— Jason Wells (@JasonBretWells) September 16, 2019
At least they followed proper journalism protocol
— Will LeGate (@williamlegate) September 17, 2019
Updated Date: Sep 20, 2019 17:16:45 IST