victims of the live microphone

July 20, 2006

The Daily Mirror has other examples of politicians caught out by the live mic trap


AT the height of the Cold War in 1984, US President Ronald Reagan joked around during what he thought was a voice-level test before his regular Saturday radio address to the nation.

“My fellow Americans,” he announced, ‘I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia for ever. We begin bombing in five minutes.’ To his horror, his comments were broadcast live.

But this was not his only live mic gaffe. The former Hollywood star also described Polish leaders as “a bunch of no good, lousy bums” and said his own economy was in “a hell of a mess”.


TONY Blair’s not the first, PM to have his private thoughts broadcast to the world by mistake. In 1993 John Major had just finished an interview with ITN political editor Michael Brunson when he let fly at three of his cabinet colleagues, not realising all the microphones were still recording.

He condemned them as “b*****ds”, promising to “crucify them.”

Major also asked: “I want to understand, Michael, how such a complete wimp like me keeps winning everything.” And referring to Tory party sex scandals he said: “Even as an ex-Whip I can’t stop people sleeping with other people if they ought not.”


THE microphones of Spanish national TV channel Antena 3 picked up the words of politician Jose Bono as he talked privately to colleagues at a party meeting. Not realising the mic was on, the president of Castilla La Mancha called Tony Blair “un gilipollas integral” – in English “a complete d***head.”


IN the run-up to the announcement of the award of the 2012 Olympics – when Paris was up against London – French President Jacques Chirac blundered badly when an open microphone recorded him criticising British cuisine.

During a private conversation with Russia’s President Putin and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder he said: “The only thing that they have ever done for European agriculture is mad cow disease. You cannot trust people who have such bad cuisine. It is the country with the worst food after Finland.”


JUST like George W, his opponent in the 2004 race for the White House, Kerry proved he could put his foot firmly in his mouth.

As he had his back to cameras the Democrat politician thought he was safe, but microphones picked up him telling a Chicago worker that President Bush’s Republicans were “the most crooked, you know, lying group I’ve ever seen. It’s scary.”


One Response to “victims of the live microphone”

  1. relax247 Says:

    when in rome dude

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