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

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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