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‘F*cking Punks!’ MSNBC Institutes 7-Second Delay After George Zimmerman Trial Gets Profane

It only took about seven seconds for MSNBC to realize that it needed a seven-second delay for its coverage of George Zimmerman‘s trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin. During opening arguments, prosecutor John Guy began his argument with a few seconds of “May it please the court” pleasantries, then got right to it: “Fucking punks,” he bluntly stated. “These assholes, they always get away.”

“Those were the words in that grown man’s mouth as he followed, in the dark, a 17-year-old boy who he didn’t know,” Guy continued. “And excuse my language, but those were his words, not mine.”

After excusing his language, Guy hit the note again, “Fucking punks. These assholes. They always get away. Those were the words in that man’s chest when he got out of his car armed with the fully loaded semiautomatic…”

At that point, NBC News’ Chuck Todd cut in to sheepishly apologize. “Well, we’ve decided we have to institute a seven-second delay,” he said. “I want to apologize for that language that came out. If you give us a second here, we’ll put in a seven-second day. We will now head back to the courtroom.”

Here’s the clip, from MSNBC:


As it turns out, the delay didn’t really work out all that well. Here’s what happened after Todd cut in:


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