An Oklahoma City Fox station ran a teaser for its nightly newscast during the premiere of Neil DeGrasse Tyson's reboot of Cosmos. No big deal, except that it interrupted Tyson's only mention of evolution in the entire episode.
Here's what the rest of the country saw, and KOKH viewers missed:
"Three and a half million years ago, our ancestors — yours and mine—left these traces. We stood up and parted ways from them. Once we were standing on two feet, our eyes were no longer fixated on the ground. Now, we were free to look up and wonder."
The station later apologized on Twitter, calling the mistake "operator error."
Sunday, during @COSMOSonTV, a local news promo was aired over a portion of COSMOS content. This was an operator error & we regret the error.
— KOKH FOX 25 (@OKCFOX) March 12, 2014
KOKH hasn't clarified whether the error was a coincidence or a case of sabotage, and Tyson also hasn't commented.
Evolution is a political issue in Oklahoma, where the state legislature has repeatedly introduced bills that would allow teachers to address "scientific controversies." Although the current iteration of the bill doesn't mention evolution specifically, previous attempts have called out "biological origins of life and biological evolution" as subjects for teachers to criticize.