Closed Captioning Fail: Zooey Deschanel Was Mistakenly Called A Suspect During Last Night’s Boston Manhunt

Peggy Truong | April 20, 2013 - 12:30 pm

While Friday’s manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was one of the most intense broadcasts to air on live television, viewers tuning into a local FOX station were treated to a brief moment of comic relief.

And it’s all thanks to a serious case of closed captioning error.

During the manhunt, journalist Peter Ogburn noticed that a celebrity’s name — not Tsarnaev’s — was identified as the bombing suspect in a station’s subtitles.

“He is 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel,” the closed captioning bar read.

The error has since made the rounds on Twitter, actor Joel McHale and beyond, and to the desk of Deschanel, who re-tweeted Ogburn’s screenshot.


Tsarnaev was arrested in the Boston suburb of Watertown on Friday night following a citywide lockdown. According to The New York Times, the individual was in serious condition at a Boston hospital as of Saturday morning.

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