September 25, 2014 3:03 pm -

A News 12 The Bronx anchor dropped the f-bomb on live TV while thinking the station was not broadcasting. Matt Pieper bashed poor people on government assistance with reporter Amy Yensi adding to the embarrassing moment.


[su_center_ad]Pieper was about to do a report on the need for school crossing guards and probably thought the station was on commercial break.

“And Dave wants you to also mention that parents do their f—— jobs and walk their little kids to school on their own and not rely on everyone else. Kind of like people rely on government assistance for their entire lives. And bye Felicia. I actually added the part about government assistance but it’s true. I mean, how old are these kids?” Pieper said.

Yensi laughed and responded, “I think I qualify for government assistance.”

“Just check that box, girl,” Pieper said.

After the segment aired, angry viewers took to Facebook to express their outrage, according to the Daily News.

“Good to know I was not the only one that heard the f bomb…both their comments were unnecessary especially when talking about children and people that depend on food stamps…I know of old people that have worked their entire life and get pennies from retirement not cool…and to think I liked Amy and Matt…” Anne Ledesma wrote.

The station issued an apology about the “technical error.”

“As a result of a technical error during a program break this morning, a personal conversation between an anchor and a reporter was unintentionally placed on air,” the note read. “News 12 the Bronx deeply regrets that this incident took place. The remarks of these individuals in no way reflect the views of News 12 management or other News 12 personnel.”


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

16 responses to Watch: News Anchor Drops F-Bomb, Bashes Poor People On Live Mic

  1. JimmyPete September 25th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Wow I can remember not being walked to school by my MaMa who needed to work in 1956, we lived in a city and there were always crossing guards, what a dope. Hope this is his last broadcast. Whatever he is , he feels he’s entitled.

    • rg9rts September 25th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      He’s looking for a spot at FAUX

  2. R.J. Carter September 25th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Some of the conversations that go on during breaks are eye-opening. I sat in the production booth of a morning show once, and while it was live some of the things the producers were shouting into the earbuds of the on-air personalities were… interesting. “Oh for F[**]’s sake don’t talk about your g0dam grandma’s farm again. You’ve got 10 F[*]ing secondss. Wrap it up. WRAP IT UP! WRAP IT THE F UP!”

    I never felt sorry for the on-air folks before I learned who was really pulling the strings. 🙂

  3. juicyfruityyy September 25th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    “technical error.”
    Meaning, sorry that we got caught. It won’t happen on air again. But we can’t say it won’t happen off air.

    • rg9rts September 25th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Think the gothamist will cover it???

  4. fancypants September 25th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    F-bombs from sea to shinning sea live on tv news
    good to see us blue collar people have someone to rub elbows with in unemployment

  5. Guy Lauten September 25th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    “That ought to hold the little bastards.”

    • searambler September 25th, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Nice! Bet the youngsters have no idea where that came from!

    • fahvel September 26th, 2014 at 3:28 am

      uncle Don!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good one.

  6. rg9rts September 25th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Cable Vision Fups again… Hey Dolan!!!!! They reflect your views?????

  7. searambler September 25th, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Yensi laughed and responded, “I think I qualify for government assistance.”
    “Just check that box, girl,” Pieper said.

    Yeah, because all you need to do to get federal assistance is check a box on a piece of paper. Then it’s raining money! I’d love for one of these conservative poor-bashers to actually try and apply for assistance, and see just what the real process is.

  8. labman57 September 25th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Boilerplate response from a news organization that hopes nobody cares.

  9. tiredoftea September 25th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    He will be moved to an editorial position, with a substantial raise, no doubt.

  10. granpa.usthai September 25th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    as long as no one in the unemployment line recognize them, they should be OK.
    as long as no one working in the unemployment office recognize them, they should be OK.
    as long as no one in the street recognizes them, they should be OK.

  11. Larry Schmitt September 26th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    A lot of parents have these little things called jobs, that prevent them from walking their kids to school. Does this clown have the same objection to school buses too? I think the station, and the reporters, should be a lot more embarrassed by the remarks than the f-bomb.