It happens to the best of them.

CNN sorry for Bush speech gaffe
NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – CNN apologized Tuesday after an open mike transmitted an anchor’s bathroom conversation with another woman live over the network as it was carrying President Bush’s speech in New Orleans.
“Live From” anchor Kyra Phillips had apparently left the set around 12:48 p.m. EDT Tuesday for a bathroom break while the news channel carried Bush’s speech marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Phillips’ wireless microphone was turned on and picked up about a minute and a half of a muffled conversation she had with an unidentified woman where she apparently talked about her husband, laughed and talked about her brother.
“I’ve got to be protective of him,” she said without being aware that the mic was on. “He’s married, three kids, and his wife is just a control freak.” CNN anchor Daryn Kagan broke into the telecast immediately afterward updating viewers on what Bush had been saying.
“CNN experienced audio difficulties during the president’s speech today in New Orleans,” the CNN statement read. “We apologize to our viewers and the president for the disruption.”
CNN apologized to the White House on Tuesday afternoon. It wasn’t clear whether it was a technical or human malfunction, and CNN, citing corporate policy, said it wouldn’t comment on whether anyone would be disciplined. It seemed unlikely that anyone would.
CNN hasn’t been immune to technical problems, particularly during political events. In November, a gaffe during a live speech by Vice President Dick Cheney showed an intermittent “X” on the screen. CNN apologized and fired a telephone operator who told a caller who complained that the network was exercising “free speech.”
And in July 2004, viewers heard Democratic National Convention producer Don Mischer swear over an open microphone when balloons didn’t immediately drop after a speech by Sen. John Kerry, the party’s presidential nominee.
But some in the TV business said Tuesday that CNN should have had a system of checks and balances in place to make sure anchor’s mikes are off when they’re not on the air.
“It’s a cardinal rule,” one executive said.