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14th Feb '17 9:16:28 AM MBI
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* On ''Series/TheGoodWife'', Alicia has a teleconference with an opposing firm. After the meeting, David Lee turns off the monitor, but ''forgets to disconnect from Skype'', allowing Alicia and her colleagues to eavesdrop on their entire strategy.
12th Feb '17 4:49:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* Casey Kasem wants to know why he's coming out of a [[http://www.youtube.com//watch?v=fDYK2H0ldbo fucking uptempo record into a death dedication.]] (His irascibility was probably exacerbated by the fact that it was for a dog; Kasem was a notoriously kindhearted animal lover.) Kasem knew the mike was on, he just didn't expect the outtakes to ever be heard outside of the recording studio.[[note]]Indeed he did not. In [[http://www.negativland.com/archives/009interviews/for-the-record.html an interview with For The Record]], Negativland's Mark Hosler revealed he'd spoken with DrDemento -- who had worked in Casey's Los Angeles studio, and ''that was the way Casey acted all the time!''.[[/note]]

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* Casey Kasem wants to know why he's coming out of a [[http://www.youtube.com//watch?v=fDYK2H0ldbo fucking uptempo record into a death dedication.]] (His irascibility was probably exacerbated by the fact that it was for a dog; Kasem was a notoriously kindhearted animal lover.) Kasem knew the mike was on, he just didn't expect the outtakes to ever be heard outside of the recording studio.[[note]]Indeed he did not. In [[http://www.negativland.com/archives/009interviews/for-the-record.html an interview with For The Record]], Negativland's Mark Hosler revealed he'd spoken with DrDemento Creator/DrDemento -- who had worked in Casey's Los Angeles studio, and ''that was the way Casey acted all the time!''.[[/note]]
6th Feb '17 12:57:19 PM Schismatism
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** Now that cell phones can and do often have significant security holes, this is further expanded to, "Even if you know your own cell phone isn't recording, it is." This was demonstrated when a variety of reporters at the Sochi Olympics had their phones compromised immediately upon stepping off the plane.
27th Jan '17 1:33:31 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''VideoGame/PinkPantherPassportToPeril'': The second time Pug and Louie hijack Pink's plane, they decide to keep the fact that they are flying the plane now a secret from him so he won't escape again like the first time. Unfortunately, they forget to switch off the intercom so Pink can clearly follow the conversation they are having inside the cockpit, thus alerting him to the danger.
8th Jan '17 6:23:27 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''Fanfic/CalvinAtCamp'' episode "[[LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple Legends of the Hidden Campus]]," Eddy is caught on tape admitting that the game is completely rigged. Luckily for him, no one seems to notice or care.

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* In the ''Fanfic/CalvinAtCamp'' episode "[[LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple "[[Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple Legends of the Hidden Campus]]," Eddy is caught on tape admitting that the game is completely rigged. Luckily for him, no one seems to notice or care.
20th Dec '16 11:44:10 AM CnHGirl
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* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': The Fischoeder brothers do this no less than ''three times'' in "Dawn of the Peck". The first time, they're at the Turkey Trot podium arguing about the fact that they are about to unleash "dangerous birds" into the crowd before realizing the microphone is on. The second and third times are when they're being interviewed on TV and accidentally let slip that there's still people trapped on the wharf with the birds.
17th Dec '16 10:48:00 AM Eddy1215
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** A fourth incident occurs in the tenth season finale when Joe confesses to Peter and Quagmire, while changing his baby's diaper, that he cheated on his wife. Only when an angry Bonnie bursts through

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** A fourth incident occurs in the tenth season finale when Joe confesses to Peter and Quagmire, while changing his baby's diaper, that he cheated on his wife. Only when an angry Bonnie bursts through the door do the guys realize that the baby monitor in Suzie's room was on allowing Bonnie (and presumably everyone else downstairs) to overhear Joe's confession.
* Mr. Random from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' makes a long speech about his villainous revenge behind the curtain at the end of "The Klimpaloon Ultimatum", only to foil himself by talking into the still-on mic.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Subverted with Groundskeeper Willy on "Do What You Feel Day" in "Bart's Inner Child":
-->'''Willy:''' ''(on a podium)'' If elected mayor, my first act will be to kill the whole lot of you, and burn your town to cinders!\\
'''Technician:''' ''(whispering)'' The mike's on.\\
'''Willy:''' ''I know it's on!''
** In one Halloween episode, a vampiric Burns greets the Simpsons over the intercom:
-->'''Burns:''' Welcome! Come in... Ah, fresh victims for my ever-growing army of the undead.\\
'''Smithers:''' Sir, you have to let go of the button.\\
'''Burns:''' Oh, [[CurseCutShort son of a bi]]--
** Let's not forget the episode with Gabbo and "all the kids in Springfield are [=SOBs=]" (a line inspired by a [[TruthInTelevision real life kids' entertainer]] who got caught in his own IsThisThingStillOn moment. [[BeamMeUpScotty Allegedly.]]). Although in the case of Gabbo, it was more of an EngineeredPublicConfession than an actual "Is this thing still on?" moment, as the camera was actually off, but Bart managed to stealthily turn it back on while Gabbo was ranting about how Springfield's children are sons of bitches. It is played completely straight with Kent Brockman shortly thereafter, however, with [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor predictable results]], ironically right after chastising Gabbo for the faux pas.
-->'''Kent Brockman:''' Gabbo's language has no place on or off TV. And that's My Two Cents. Heheh, that oughta hold the little [=SOBs=]. Heheh... ''(a prompt comes up with his picture while giddily saying this previous statement and a caption saying "Brockman in Trouble")''... WHAT THE?!
** In yet another episode, Homer is brought on stage to demonstrate a motion capture suit for animation. After hamming it up a bit, he goes off to the bathroom, complete with the CG dog doing likewise. "Urinal cake eroding...eroding...gone!"
** Also, a case of "Is this thing ''already'' on?"
-->'''Ogdenville Farmer:''' Well, a rat got in the plow so we got a hose to it.\\
'''Kent Brockman:''' So is Ogdenville barley safe to eat again?\\
'''Farmer:''' Well, when there is barley there is rats. When will this interview starting?\\
'''Kent:''' That just went out live.\\
'''Farmer:''' Well, we're screwed.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'':
** In a 1996 episode, the Warners are heard over the closing credits, complaining about work, dissing their voice actors, even trying to figure out who Creator/StevenSpielberg is. It is at the end when they discover they still had their microphones on.
** And in "Yes, Always", Pinky does it. He makes a rude remark regarding Brain to the sound engineer, not realizing that he is standing on the microphone button.
* The UrbanLegend mentioned in the Radio section is given a nod in the ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' song about the parts of the brain, by The Brain, naturally.
** In "Calvin Brain", Brain's latest plan for world domination is undone when a behind-the-scenes documentary crew films him unleashing a diatribe on the shallowness of the fashion industry and the brainlessness of those who follow its dicates. His last words on the video are even "Is that thing on?".
* The following occurs in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
-->'''Linda Park:''' Are we off? Jeez, he's [TheFlash] a total babe. ''(fanning herself with her reading card)'' Like the entire track team at once. I can't believe you're not into him, Marla.\\
'''Marla the camera person:''' ... Okay, now you're off.\\
''(Linda slaps the card on her forehead in embarrassment)''
* Lrrr from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' in "The Problem With Popplers" after he makes a threatening transmission to Earth and cues for the camera to be off.
-->'''Lrrr:''' Well I think that went well. ''(starts to scratch himself)'' Ya know it when you can't scratch is when you you have to. What... we're still on?! UGH! ''(camera cuts off)''
* Used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'' to give the villain of the day, a NiceCharacterMeanActor kids' show host, his comeuppance.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': In "Weight Gain 4000", the (female) mayor complains:
-->'''Mayor:''' Nohoho nooo. Now I'll be stuck in this podunk town forever, with all these stupid hick, redneck, jobless, truck driving idiots.\\
'''Aide:''' Uh, Mayor, the mike is on.
** Another episode has a demon manipulate a Republican speaker into supporting the extended life support of Kenny, even though he was stuck in a vegetative state, so every time he spoke the Republican would repeat what he just said. However, his tendency to speak in snarls had the Republican repeat that too, then he complained about how he wasn't supposed to say that, only for the Republican to repeat that he wasn't supposed to repeat that.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' combined this with EngineeredPublicConfession; Roger, who framed Doug for stealing one of Vice-Principal Bone's yodeling trophies, goes into the office to taunt Doug, sits at Bone's desk and kicks his feet up -- switching on the intercom just in time for Bone to hear the whole thing. Doug even tries to warn him, but Roger's too full of himself to notice and just mocks Doug further until it's far too late.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' special regarding Francine starting a rock band that quickly becomes a celebrity band, the Principal, after doing the announcements, is muttering bitterly to himself about the band's choice of a band name ("You Stink!"), only to realize shortly thereafter realize that he left the mike on.
* Used and lampshaded several times in the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "You Debt Your Life". The school's morning announcement readers repeatedly get DrunkWithPower, only to be deposed by this. The crème de la crème comes after Principal Lewis has cancelled the announcements and grumbles about why he ever quit being a cocaine dealer in South America, where he had all the money, blow, and girls ("...not women, ''[[{{Lolicon}} girls!]]''") he could ever want. Then a teacher tells him that the mike is still on; cue hearty PrecisionFStrike.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/ComboNinos'', Diadoro makes unflattering comments about the audience just as his assistant has finished repairing the equipment and activating the microphone.
* The "beginning" variant shows up in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. After the theme of the "Jokers Wild" casino is revealed on live television (complete with revolving laughing Joker head), reporter Summer Gleeson is caught on camera muttering, "Just disgusting."
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/{{Dogstar}}'' when Captain Rex of the ''Beagle'' calls to thank the crew of the ''Valiant'' and then turns to his science officer and tells him it was a good thing that humans never realized that they were the ones who stole all of the dogs from Earth. The science officer then calmly informs him that the comm screen is still on.
* ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'': In "[=McOne=] Armed and Dangerous", the Ninja's efforts to denounce Hannibal [=McFist=] during a public event would have been in vain if not for this trope.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' had the show sponsored by the Big Bull Beer Company, but after the company owner canceled the agreement after a particularly ugly fight that ended up toppling his ProductPlacement, Nick and Johnny are told by the stagehand "We're clear," and they're finally able to vent at not only the man's pushiness but also the low quality of the beer. It's then that Johnny notices something amiss...and says the trope as he realizes their gripe was CaughtOnTape.



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* This happens often enough that one mantra of politics is "Every microphone is live." But to get down to specifics...
** In the age of ubiquitous cell phones, that should be expanded to "There is always a camera, even when there isn't one."
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush
** Bush's much-mocked "get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit" aside to Tony Blair concerning the Middle East. The [[http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article688879.ece full transcript]] is enlightening, and ends with a literal "Is this thing on?"
** Then there was the time when Bush had a press conference with some US troops in Iraq, a PR event advertised as the President's chance to have a "frank, spontaneous conversation" with the soldiers. Problem was, a news channel picked up a live feed of the conference room before the event showing a full-blown ''rehearsal'' with every question and cute one-liner laid out in advance.
** [[http://www.snopes.com/politics/bush/bushcuss.asp "There's Adam Clymer, major-league asshole from the New York Times." "Oh yeah, he is, big time."]]
** On the other hand, the famed "Now watch this drive" is ''not'' an example of this trope, as he knew full well the cameras were still on him. A {{Facepalm}} moment for sure, but not this trope.
** There was also the time he gave the middle finger to someone at a speaking engagement, apparently no knowing the cameras were still on.
* UsefulNotes/BarackObama
** Characterized Kanye West as a "Jackass" after antics at MTV Video Music Awards. Many conservatives commented that they ''finally'' found something to agree with him on...
** Forgot the live mike in discussion with Dmitry Medvedev, assuring him that he'll have more freedom of movement after his final re-election. Conservatives are wondering what kind of sell-out he's planning after he's no longer under re-election pressure...
** His "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzgOS8dbF64 anti-fly ninjitsu]]" that got him in trouble [[AnimalWrongsGroup with PETA]]...
** At one dinner the mike he was sitting beside was one when he was talking with someone else and caught him calling the congressional Republicans assholes for their latest antics. However, there's a sneaking suspicion that he'd taken a cue from ''Series/TheWestWing'' and knew the mike was on, allowing him the chance to vent and express what everyone knew he was thinking.
* From Website/OverheardInNewYork: [[http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/007282.html This quote]].
* There's a moderately famous recording of a bewildered Brooklyner named Gloria accidentally leaving a long and rambling conversation on Music/TheyMightBeGiants' answering machine, in which she and an anonymous individual debate the [[DoingItForTheArt dubious economics of Dial-A-Song.]] The recording was eventually made into a StupidStatementDanceMix. It was included, apparently unedited and without alteration, on the dual CD compilation which collected their first few albums.
* [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/03/peggy-noonan-mike-murphy_n_123647.html This incident]] from the 2008 Republican National Convention, in which Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy (commentators one would normally expect to be sympathetic to Republicans) made dismissive comments about the party's prospects and selection of Sarah Palin as its Vice-Presidential candidate.
* During the 2016 Republican primaries, Creator/{{MSNBC}} hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were roundly criticized by pundits and media ethicists for using their newscast to boost on-air for billionaire front-runner Creator/DonaldTrump. Eventually audio clips were leaked showing Scarborough and Brzezinski engaging in sycophantic banter with Trump, praising his poll performance and "wow moments."
* Jesse Jackson was caught on mike whispering, "I wanna cut his nuts off," referring to Barack Obama. Made further hilarious by the jerking motion he made, as though motioning just how he would perform this castration. (Didn't stop him from [[ManlyTears weeping profusely]] in Grant Park the night Obama was elected.)
* Three employees were fired from a Des Moines sports radio show when their [[ClusterFBomb profanity-riddled]] argument over credentials in a high school sports league was aired behind a commercial break.
* Beloved Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray, after having to call a worse than usual (even for the Cubs) half inning in '89, was heard over nationwide TV uttering the poignant phrase "God damn it" as WGN cut to commercial.
* While attending a course during his time posted to Egypt, then-Lieutenant Charles Hazlitt Upham (later winner of TWO Victoria Crosses) once looked out into a briefing-theatre full of generals and muttered, "My oath -- what a galaxy of bloody talent!"... not realising he was standing next to a live microphone.
* When showing live coverage of a speech given by George W. Bush on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, CNN anchor Kyra Phillips [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp7QhEeQF_o visited the bathroom, leaving her mike on]]. Parts of a personal conversation between Phillips and a colleague -- criticizing her sister-in-law and giving advice on men -- were broadcast live as though it were color commentary. How this was not noticed by a sound engineer before Kyra returned to the studio is unknown.
* Similarly, several years ago during some sort of Hollywood celebrity event Joe Pantoliano left his mike on after he thought the interview was over and proceeded to take a long and luxurious leak in the men's room, an act which gives new meaning to his nickname Joey Pants.
* In July 2009 Michael Duvall, a California state assemblyman, was captured on tape describing to a colleague -- in graphic detail -- his ongoing extramarital affairs with two different women, one of whom turned out to be a lobbyist for a company in a sector (energy) that Duvall's legislative committee was in charge of overseeing. The tape in question was eventually aired by a TV station, prompting Duvall's eventual resignation.
* There's an extra on the fourth season [=DVD=]s of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' that has a panel of the stars and writers answering questions. Toward the end, Neil Patrick Harris gets up and goes to the bathroom, but forgets to remove his mike. HilarityEnsues.
* During the eighties and early nineties it was very common for US TV networks to transmit satellite feeds without any form of scrambling or encryption so anyone with a satellite dish and satellite TV tuner could view them. Because of this it was possible for people to watch (and record) satellite interviews as they were being conducted. For live broadcasts, the feed was usually setup far before the interview began and when the network cut to commercial or another segment of the program the satellite feed usually stayed on leading to many real-life instances of this trope. Several of them were collected in a documentary called ''Spin''
* News anchor Sue Simmons, displeased with some off-camera incident, unleashes a hilarious [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETnp8Tq3CFw bit of profanity.]] She later apologized, but David Letterman still had a tremendous amount of fun at her expense.
* Pat Robertson [[http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1953778_1953776_1953758,00.html had a simliar blunder]] when he tried to insult the caller he had just spoken to, thinking his mike was off. It wasn't.
* At the end of an interview, having thought that the broadcast had ceased, Mel Gibson added a little something to the end of his farewell to the interviewer [[http://news.ninemsn.com.au/entertainment/1008066/mel-gibson-denies-abusing-reporter-on-live-tv he probably didn't intend to go to air]].
* During a group photo with his sons, Prince Charles muttered "I can't bear that man. He's so awful, he really is," referring to then BBC Royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell. A boom microphone set up for the pool TV coverage easily picked up the comments which were widely broadcast.
* Famous British football manager turned commentator Ron Atkinson said, referring to French player Marcel Desailly: "He is what is known in some schools as a lazy thick nigger." Although transmission in the UK had finished, his comment was broadcast to various countries in the Middle East. He had to resign from his job.
* In a similar British football incident, commentators Andy Grey and Richard Keys were sacked after they were heard on broadcast making sexist remarks about a female referee and questioning women's ability to fill the role, although separate allegations of off-air sexual harassment of colleagues also contributed.
* When Hashim Amla, a South African cricketer of Pakistani Muslim descent, dismissed an opposition player in a test match against Sri Lanka, commentator Dean Jones quipped that "the terrorist just got another wicket", believing the microphone to be off. Jones was fired the next day.
* Vice President UsefulNotes/JoeBiden on health care reform, shaking [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama the President]]'s hand shortly before he announced the passage to the nation: "This is a big [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] deal." Truth be told, though, this made Biden even ''more'' popular, so it can't even be seen as a gaffe.
* Bill [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tJjNVVwRCY "Fuckin' thing SUCKS!"]] O'Reilly, as mentioned under ''Series/TheColbertReport'' above.
* Casey Kasem wants to know why he's coming out of a [[http://www.youtube.com//watch?v=fDYK2H0ldbo fucking uptempo record into a death dedication.]] (His irascibility was probably exacerbated by the fact that it was for a dog; Kasem was a notoriously kindhearted animal lover.) Kasem knew the mike was on, he just didn't expect the outtakes to ever be heard outside of the recording studio.[[note]]Indeed he did not. In [[http://www.negativland.com/archives/009interviews/for-the-record.html an interview with For The Record]], Negativland's Mark Hosler revealed he'd spoken with DrDemento -- who had worked in Casey's Los Angeles studio, and ''that was the way Casey acted all the time!''.[[/note]]
** Worse than that, they were sent out on ''raw feed'' and picked up by engineers all over the country. Not to mention experimental sound collage group {{Negativland}} which [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6gPSSYxex0 combined it with a parody version]] of Music/{{U2}}'s "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" plus sound clips of ham radio operators swearing at each other, to create a StupidStatementDanceMix. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negativland#U2_record_incident And this is where the story _really_ starts.]]
* During his tenure on Creator/{{CBS}}' Early Show, Bryant Gumbel was interviewing [[MediaWatchdog Media Research Center]] president [[CulturePolice Brent Bozell]] in 2000 when Gumbel turned around and [[http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/jun/07060604.html dropped an F-bomb]] on Bozell (keep in mind, this is fairly early in the morning). Also keep in mind that he was being forced to talk to a man arguing that gay people should be forbidden to become scoutmasters in Boy Scouts.
* CNN, covering the 2004 Democratic National Convention, cut to a live feed from producer Don Mischer's microphone, just in time to catch him upbraiding his staff for a mediocre balloon drop. ClusterFBomb [[http://youtu.be/9FTtIbkTWTY?t=1m46s with confetti!]]
* While being driven to his next appointment after a conversation with a local voter about immigration, UK Prime Minister UsefulNotes/GordonBrown called her [[https://youtu.be/TbhPWAMx2y0 "a bigoted woman"]]. After the audio made the news, he took a trip to her house to personally apologize. In between, he also failed to realise there was a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3F_ly9xSqQ camera filming him in the radio studio]] where the news was broken to him on air.
* Back when Oliva Munn was part of ''Series/AttackOfTheShow'', She did interviews around E3 2010. On one night she did an informal E3 Stream with Co-host Kevin in their hotel room. During the stream Kevin made comments about Olivia's sex life, not amused she decided to cut to commercial break and reveals her [[BitchInSheepsClothing persona]] to Kevin. Fast forward about four minutes later and she's about to turn the stream back on, but there's a problem...she never turned it off
* Similarly, during the 1989 election campaign, Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke referred to a pensioner who had just harrangued him during a meet-and-greet as a "silly old bugger". The muttered comment was recorded by a television crew accompanying the PM and quickly became front page news across the country.
* From Reader's Digest: an air traffic controller aboard a US Navy aircraft carrier didn't realize his mike was still on after talking to a pilot, saying "That guy [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome sounds just like Elmer Fudd.]]" After a long, awkward silence [[SelfDeprecatingHumor the pilot radioed back]]: "Be vewy vewy quiet. We're hunting submawines."
* Also from Reader's Digest: A woman hosting a dinner party was dismayed to see that her brother had brought his girlfriend, whom she didn't like. She and her husband left their guests enjoying drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the living room while they went upstairs under the pretense of checking on their baby. Once in the nursery, she spent several minutes venting about how much she hated the other woman. Satisfied, she and her husband went back downstairs, only to find the guests sitting in uncomfortable silence--having just heard every word that she had said over the baby monitor that was present on the coffee table.
* BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BImuobqTcds gave a sarcastic newsreader the finger]], then realised half a second too late that he was live on air. His goggle-eyed OhCrap face is priceless.
* During the September 11th, 2001 attacks, broadcasters had far bigger things to concentrate on than FCC regulations, so most news broadcasts gave viewers an almost uninterrupted 8-hour stream of {{Cluster F Bomb}}s and pointed {{Precision F Strike}}s from frightened civilians running by the cameras. This included lines such as, "This is all fucking crazy! This is the fucking end!"
** DanRather did apologize about the language used by a young man who'd given CBS [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMdICEvQyNI a film he'd made from his apartment]] with a particularly good view of the scene. Dan then reracked the tape so you could see (and hear) it again.
* In 2009, Chilean senator Fernando Flores is about to finish an interview for the CNN Chile channel. His host makes some questions that he dislikes, then finishes the interview. Just before the transmision was about to finish, a pissed-off Flores rants about how the guy's questions were [[PrecisionFStrike "fucking dumb"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqqD3b4ap78 among other things.]] That part was caught on-tape and then uploaded to youtube...
* During the Apollo 16 lunar mission, while the astronauts were resting after a moonwalk, John Young told his colleague Charlie Duke how the potassium-laced orange juice they were given to drink was giving him gas, and how he intended never to eat another [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] orange again after the flight was over. Eventually Mission Control warned him that he had a "hot mike". It seems that his mike key was stuck in the "on" position -- quite possibly by some dried orange drink that had been spilled earlier. The very same orange drink he'd been complaining about.
** Shortly after the astronauts aboard Apollo 13 moved to the lunar module, the mike setting was switched to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice-operated_switch VOX]] (voice-operated transmission) by accident. The Capcom first tried to hint that the mike was hot by responding to the astronauts' private conversation; despite the hint, [[FailedASpotCheck the astronauts still failed to see that the mike setting was not on "Normal Voice".]] It eventually had to be pointed out directly by the Capcom, similar to [[Film/{{Apollo 13}} the movie]]. Even worse, later in the mission, Lovell commented privately (he thought) that it would likely be the last mission for a long time; again, the mike was on a VOX setting.
** Apollo 10:
--> '''Tom Stafford''': Man, that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-lunar_injection TLI]] was quite a ride. Never forget that son of a bitch. We still recording?
--> '''Gene Cernan''': Yes.
* At a city council meeting in 2010, [[StargateCity Vancouver]] mayor Gregor Robertson landed himself in hot water when he was recorded [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IDcmUQa0WM insulting his constituents as "hacks" of a rival local political party]] because they opposed his rental housing development plan. Annoyingly, the media (and inevitable backlash against the reports) focused on a [[WindmillPolitical supposed outrage over his use of profanity]] rather than the fact that he was [[UnfortunateImplications belittling anyone who disagreed with him]] as a "hack" of a local political party.
* UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan once, as a part of a sound test, announced [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgSSRE27GQ0 "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."]] However, the joke was leaked (sometimes erroneously reported as having been broadcast immediately), and the Soviet Union got a brief freak-out.
* A certain air traffic controller was found to be a little distracted at work when his mike accidentally got switched on and he played his movie to all the passing planes...
* A Southwest Airline pilot ranted to his co-pilot about the lack of SexyStewardess on his flights, and having to work with only gays, grannies, and overweight folks. Unknowingly, he had turned on the mike, broadcasting to everyone in Texas airspace, but didn't even stop when an air traffic controller tried to butt in.
* In October 2011, this happened to two world leaders for the price of one. At a G20 summit, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a liar; President Obama responded "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!"
* Another rather innocent thing, A local news station had an anchor who was feeling sick to his stomach, but [[TheDeterminator was going to do the broadcast either way since it was live and he had a devotion to his job]]. Eventually he started to feel sick during the broadcast and asked them to cut. The cameramen saw that he was getting pretty pale and sweaty, so they killed the video feed...unfortunately the audio was still being recorded, so viewers could hear the news anchor shout, "GET A BUCKET! QUI-" and then the sound of him throwing up on the floor, and it was broadcast live. [[NeverLiveItDown 20 years after the incident, they still played that clip]].
* During the 1994 Olympics, skater Nancy Kerrigan was waiting backstage for gold medalist Oksana Baiul for the medal ceremony to take place. After having skated the best performance of her life, not to mention having come back from a disastrous year and a vicious attack, Nancy was already irritated at having lost by an uber-slim margin (a mere tenth of a point gave Baiul the gold medal over her). Further annoyed both by the delay and then upon being told that the delay was because Baiul was putting on more makeup (wrongly, as it turns out, the delay was because the Ukrainian flag and a tape of the Ukrainian Anthem could not be found), Kerrigan promptly snapped, "Oh, come on! So she's just going to cry again. What's the difference?". What Kerrigan didn't realize was that there was an open mike nearby and her snippety remark was just broadcasted to countless people. It was the first of a handful of missteps Kerrigan made that briefly tarnished her "America's Sweetheart" reputation that had been bestowed following her attack.
** Nancy Kerrigan also caught making the comment, "This is so corny. This is so dumb. I hate it. This is the most corny thing I've ever done", while sitting beside Mickey Mouse during a Disney parade.
** When she later hosted Saturday Night Live, during her monologue, she said that what she really said was "the most ''horny'' thing I've every done."
* The classic scene with then British prime minister John Major, where immediately after a BBC radio interview and thinking the mike was turned off, he described some of his less loyal Cabinet Ministers as a "bunch of bastards". The recording heard all.
* Flamboyant disc jockey and comedian Kenny Everett attended a rally of showbiz stars who support the Conservative party. Thinking it would be edited out later, in front of thousands of Tory Party faithful and a lot of cameras and press, he opened his address with "Let's bomb Russia!" The worrying thing, and the point the press picked on, was the size and duration of the cheer Everett got.
* Recently, the thoughts of Uruguayan President José Mujica about Agentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her late husband Néstor Kirchner were caught on video. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-YGTHUVQso And they weren't pretty.]]
* The following football season after the "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl, CBS aired a Jacksonville-Cleveland game that New Year's Eve. After a commercial break, the camera was trained on a guy in the crowd who was a dead ringer for Santa Claus and who wore a shirt that clearly read on-screen "Your ass ain't gettin' shit for Christmas!"
* A Southwest pilot managed to [[http://consumerist.com/2013/11/14/southwest-pilot-learns-he-should-stick-to-words-like-descending-and-not-were-going-down/ broadcast "we’re going down"]] to the whole plane.
* A translator at the UN wondered out loud why the General Assembly passes so many resolutions on Israel and the Palestinians every year while ignoring many other conflicts around the world, [[http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/24252/Default.aspx not realizing her words were being broadcast to the delegates]]. This incident delighted Israelis, who have been complaining about their treatment at the UN for decades.
* Canadian journalist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avery_Haines Avery Haines]] (sister of Emily Haines of Music/{{Metric}}) fell victim to this while working at CTV Newsnet. While taping the introduction to a news report, she flubbed a line, then made a lighthearted joke about it:
-->I kind of like the little stuttering thing. It's like equal opportunity, right? We've got a stuttering newscaster. We've got the black, we've got the Asian, we've got the woman. I could be a lesbian, folk-dancing, black woman stutterer. What's that? In a wheelchair ... with a gimping, rubber legs. Yeah, really. [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad I'd have a successful career, let me tell you]].
** The introduction was rerecorded, but unfortunately a technician inadvertently used the flubbed tape with Haines' joke. Haines was fired; the technician was merely suspended.
* In January 2014, after President Obama's State of the Union address, a TV reporter tried to ask NY congressman Michael Grimm about allegations regarding his campaign financing, but Grimm walked off, refusing to answer. Moments later, Grimm walked back, saying to the reporter "Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again, I'll throw you off this [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] balcony." [[LaserGuidedKarma In April, Grimm was arrested for numerous charges of corruption, which included campaign financing]].
* During a game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the St. Louis Rams, Rams Offensive Guard Harvey Dahl was called for holding. As the referee was declaring the penalty to the crowd, his microphone picked up Dahl shouting at the ref, "That's not fucking holding!", broadcasting the words throughout the stadium. The ref subsequently gave Dahl another penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
* At the 1955 [[FanConvention Worldcon]], guest of honor Creator/IsaacAsimov was sitting at the dais as the [[HugoAward Hugos]] were being handed out. One of the winning authors was unable to attend, and editor Judith Merril accepted for him. The presenter announced this by saying, "In his absence, the award will be accepted by Judy Merril, by whom he has been so often anthologized." Asimov turned to the person next to him and said, "Anthologized? [[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow Always euphemisms]]." The microphone in front of him was live, and the hall erupted in laughter at Merril's expense. Asimov was horrified, and for the rest of the weekend (while the other attendees were saying "Anthologize you!" and "Go anthologize yourself!" to each other), he was afraid that Merril would kill him the next time their paths crossed. To her credit, she forgave him.
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* [[https://uk.movies.yahoo.com/ian-mckellen-broke-down-over--hobbit--green-screen-scenes.html During filming of]] Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheHobbit'', Creator/IanMcKellen broke down crying upon seeing a scene with him and the dwarves would be done by green screen, with only pictures of the dwarves to indicate who's talking. He said to himself, "This is not why I became an actor" ...only for his mic to be on and the whole studio hearing it. Fortunately, Peter Jackson and the rest of the crew made up for it later, putting quite a bit of effort into making a personal "relaxation" space for Sir [=McKellen=] on the set to cheer him up. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming It worked.]]
* During the filming of "The Jinx: The life and deaths of Robert Durst", a documentary filmed in 2013 about the investigations surrounding the long-time suspected murderer millionaire, Durst left to use the restroom after an interview with one a reporter, forgetting that his mic was on. The sound editor was then treated to the sound of Durst relieving himself... [[PlayedForDrama followed by his muttering of "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course."]] Durst was arrested in 2015, following the release of the documentary.
* A. J. Clemente holds the dubious distinction of having possibly the shortest career in the history of newsreading, thanks to the first words out of his mouth on his first day on the job being a frustrated [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV4XjuWc2nk Gay... fucking shit]] as the studio feed went live. He and his co-anchor completed one very awkward news session, and he was fired at the end of it.
* In 2012 the British radio station Jazz FM [[http://www.musicweek.com/news/read/ofcom-finds-jazz-fm-in-breach-of-broadcasting-code-over-porno-noises/048675 accidentally broadcast]] five minutes of graphic sounds of gay sex. It was later revealed that an unnamed station employee (reportedly later sacked) had been watching a porn video on the studio computer, without realising that the computer's audio output was also going to the broadcast feed.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZNbWxzW0Zc This]] Mexican news anchor insults a pair of fellow news anchormen on air not too long after the commercial break ended. [[OhCrap His reaction]] is priceless, and then the video went viral and spawned a few memes.
* Modern audio mikes used at sporting events such as hockey and (American/Canadian) football are sensitive enough to pick up the sounds of the action to enhance the broadcast, and usually the people in the truck are quick enough to switch the audio feed so that the action is all that's heard, but it's not uncommon to hear a player swear just after a particularly heavy bodycheck or tackle, complaining about a call, or expressing excitement. And with many refs now equipped with wireless mikes to explain calls, they will also sometimes pick up a player in the background expressing their discontent with it. Most sportscasts simply ignore it happened.
* UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump's 2016 presidential campaign was subject to countless controversies that would've ended any other politician's career. On October 7th, 2016, blooper footage was leaked to NBC and ''The Washington Post'' from a 2005 interview between Trump and Billy Bush, then anchor for ''Access Hollywood'', in which Trump seemingly boasted about his predilection for sexual assault, bragging that he could "grab [women] by the pussy" and force them into sex because of his fame. Trump talked at length about sleeping with Nancy O'Dell, Bush's ''Access Hollywood'' co-anchor, with Bush joking and playing along. [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor NBC initially tried to shield Bush from scrutiny, but public outcry forced the network to suspend and eventually fire him]] from ''Today''. Meanwhile, it greatly sank Trump's campaign as a bunch of other women came forward to accuse Trump of sexually assaulting them. However, even all this didn't significantly prevent female Republicans from voting for him, as Democrats had hoped.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSqauarepants'' episode "Evil Spatula" Plankton has given [=SpongeBob=] a spatula that he claims can talk, but really it is Plankton who talks to through a microphone, so he try and get the Krabby Patty recipe off him. At one point he becomes excited that his plan is working and tells Karen it's time to go to the next step, all while the microphone is still on, but [=SpongeBob=] doesn't know what is going on an just laughs with his evil laughter.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSqauarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Evil Spatula" Plankton has given [=SpongeBob=] a spatula that he claims can talk, but really it is Plankton who talks to through a microphone, so he try and get the Krabby Patty recipe off him. At one point he becomes excited that his plan is working and tells Karen it's time to go to the next step, all while the microphone is still on, but [=SpongeBob=] doesn't know what is going on an just laughs with his evil laughter.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSqauarePants'' episode "Evil Spatula" Plankton has given [=SpongeBob=] a spatula that he claims can talk, but really it is Plankton who talks to through a microphone, so he try and get the Krabby Patty recipe off him. At one point he becomes excited that his plan is working and tells Karen it's time to go to the next step, all while the microphone is still on, but [=SpongeBob=] doesn't know what is going on an just laughs with his evil laughter.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSqauarePants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSqauarepants'' episode "Evil Spatula" Plankton has given [=SpongeBob=] a spatula that he claims can talk, but really it is Plankton who talks to through a microphone, so he try and get the Krabby Patty recipe off him. At one point he becomes excited that his plan is working and tells Karen it's time to go to the next step, all while the microphone is still on, but [=SpongeBob=] doesn't know what is going on an just laughs with his evil laughter.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSqauarePants'' episode "Evil Spatula" Plankton has given [=SpongeBob=] a spatula that he claims can talk, but really it is Plankton who talks to through a microphone, so he try and get the Krabby Patty recipe off him. At one point he becomes excited that his plan is working and tells Karen it's time to go to the next step, all while the microphone is still on, but [=SpongeBob=] doesn't know what is going on an just laughs with his evil laughter.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSqauarePants'' episode "Evil Spatula" Plankton has given [=SpongeBob=] a spatula that he claims can talk, but really it is Plankton who talks to through a microphone, so he try and get the Krabby Patty recipe off him. At one point he becomes excited that his plan is working and tells Karen it's time to go to the next step, all while the microphone is still on, but [=SpongeBob=] doesn't know what is going on an just laughs with his evil laughter.laughter.
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