In the middle of a live broadcast from Pennsylvania state representative Patty Kim's victory party in Harrisburg, a man in the background casually and enthusiastically drinks from a vase of flowers. Turns out it's part of a weird, elaborate local TV rivalry.
The clip, from the Harrisburg ABC affiliate, found its way to Jimmy Kimmel this week. The man drinking from the vase, the Patriot-News reports, has now been identified as an IT employee from the Harrisburg CBS affiliate, Frank Treese.
The ABC station's news director is not happy about it. He takes the news very seriously.
"We prefer to focus on the story that we were there to cover," ABC 27 news director Dave Jones told the Patriot-News. "We don't want to take away from that content. It was unfortunate. But we are moving forward."
But it would appear that not everyone at the CBS station was in on the joke:
Reached for comment mid-morning, CBS 21 News Director Mike Bothwell said he was not authorized to speak on the matter. He referred questions to the station's general manager, who has not responded to PennLive's request for a statement addressing the issue as of this posting.