May 30, 2023 8:47 am

Fresh off an embarrassing series of glitches and interface screwups through the Twitter Spaces launch of his presidential campaign, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has unwittingly walked ideal into yet another message-disrupting tech fail, this time on conservative cable news channel Newsmax.

Appearing Thursday to market his campaign, at 1 point DeSantis was on a tear about the travel advisory the NAACP issued for Florida that cited quite a few DeSantis policies it says “erase Black history” and “restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion applications.” And as he delivered a whataboutist spiel about gun violence in Baltimore, Maryland, the tv video feed — and only the video feed — froze.

The audio was unaffected, as was the newscrawl at the bottom of the screen. DeSantis continued to provide speaking points from his usual “anti-woke” playbook, when host Eric Bolling’s face remained frozen mid blink, and DeSantis’ stuck with his mouth pursed in mid-pronunciation. Watch the clip above now (video through ACYN on Twitter).

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The mishap comes roughly 24 hours following his considerably-hyped occasion on Twitter’s audio-only platform Spaces, which was intended to kick off his campaign with a memorable media splash but alternatively turned into a fiasco just about promptly. Customers who tuned in anticipated to hear a conversation involving Twitter owner Elon Musk and DeSantis, moderated by David Sacks, a DeSantis donor and Musk investor. Rather, it took extra than 20 minutes to get began as the feed kept going out and the participants appeared unsure how Spaces even worked.

Musk stated these difficulties had been due to a higher participant count (about 650,000 customers), and he ultimately had to close the Space and commence a new 1 in order to get it to function effectively. (Far fewer customers tuned in to that 1.) The New York Occasions later stated the entire issue was emblematic of the difficulties that have plagued Twitter due to the fact Musk purchased the website final year.

But following DeSantis’ look on Newsmax, we’re beginning to wonder if Musk has been unfairly blamed. We’ll see if DeSantis ends up with a tech fail hat trick at some point in the close to future.

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