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Zooey Deschanel wins apology over bomber captioning blunder

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Apr 24, 2013 | 10:16am EDT

Actress Zooey Deschanel has received a formal apology after a U.S. TV station ran a caption which falsely identified her as a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. Executives of a TV captioning service have reached out to the New Girl star to express their regret after the KDFW station in Dallas, Texas ran a picture of accused suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev with the words, "Marathon Bomber. He is 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel." The mistake was made on Friday (19Apr13) during TV coverage of a massive manhunt in Boston, Massachusetts for those responsible for the horrific blast on 15 April (13). Deschanel was alerted to the issue and wrote in a post on Twitter.com, "Whoa! Epic closed captioning FAIL!" and she has now received an apology from Kala J. Patterson, president of Caption Solutions, the company behind the blunder. In a statement, Patterson insisted company "sincerely apologises for this error" and "deeply regret" the mistake.

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