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April 02, 2004

The Boy Who Yawned

There's no significance, but if you saw the video it was funny. And as I said somewhere down there, you can't blame the kid - it was likely boring for him.
(AP) What began on David Letterman's “Late Show” as a comedy bit needling President Bush turned into a comedy of errors when CNN incorrectly reported that the White House had cried foul.

The whole thing started during a collection of video clips Letterman showed Monday under the label “George W. Bush Invigorates America's Youth.”

Tuesday morning, CNN attempted to lighten its news mood by running the segment, credited to CBS' “Late Show with David Letterman,” on its “CNN Live Today.”

But then CNN host Daryn Kagan added: “We're being told by the White House that the kid, as funny as he was, was edited into that video, which would explain why the people around him weren't really reacting.”

Later, during CNN's “Live From ...,” anchor Kyra Phillips reran the tape but cautioned viewers: “We're told that the kid was there at that event, but not necessarily standing behind the president.”

So is the lad: 13-year-old Tyler Crotty, son of Orange County Chairman and Bush supporter Rich Crotty. As the elder Crotty explained Thursday, Tyler was so excited about the prospect of seeing the president he couldn't sleep the night before. [ed yahaa]

“This has gotten to be so silly and so complicated, and I don't want to go through it again because every day there's a new development, and we think now it's over,” Letterman said on Thursday's show. “We hope to God it's over.” [He didn't listen to Janet Jackson when she tried to tell him that on his show]

Not quite. Letterman announced that Tyler will be his guest Friday.

“According to this,” he said during the show, referring to an index card in his grasp, “CNN has just phoned and ... the anchorwoman misspoke. They never got a comment from the White House. It was a CNN mistake.”

Though CNN spokeswoman Christa Robinson noted that “we frequently air late-night comedy show clips,” on Thursday she confirmed the “misunderstanding among our staff” surrounding the yawning-boy video.

Meanwhile, Kagan made an on-air show of contrition.

“Dave, we apologize for the error,” she said, offering to come on his show for a Stupid Human Trick.
Thanks, you already performed.