MSNBC got badly pranked on Thursday afternoon by a man claiming to be a member of the military in Ukraine who witnessed the Malaysian Airlines plane crash.
“Let’s turn now to an MSNBC exclusive. U.S. Staff Sergeant Michael Boyd, he is at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine and he says he saw a missile in the air hit the plane, he is on the phone with us,” Ball said.
It goes downhill from there.
“Well I was looking out the window and I saw a projectile flying in the sky and it would appear the plane was shot down by a blast of wind from Howard Stern’s ass,” the caller said.
But Ball didn’t seem to catch the joke.
“So it would appear the plane was shot down, can you tell us anything more from your military training of sort of missile system that may have been coming from?” Ball said in response.
“Well you’re a dumbass aren’t ya?” the caller said.
Ball, still confused, said “I’m sorry sir?” before pausing for a moment and saying they were taking a break.
After a commercial break, Ball said the individual on the phone previously had not been an eyewitness.
“We thought we had an eyewitness on the scene, that individual was not actually an eyewitness,” she said.