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Video Pirates Insert Anti-Semitic Comment Into Super Bowl Cable Feed

January 23, 1989 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Video pirates broke into a cable TV system’s broadcast of the Super Bowl game, disrupting a few seconds of the audio with music from ″The Jetsons″ and an anti-Semitic slur, viewers and cable officials said.

″First there was music from ‘The Jetsons’ cartoon show. Then someone said something about Century Cable and ’there’s too many (expletive deleted) Jews in this industry,‴ Santa Monica viewer Doug Debber said Sunday.

Debber said another person laughed and said, ″You’re not supposed to say that on television.″

Kyle Smith, general manager of Century Southwest Cable Television, said the interruption was heard in an area in which the system has 100,000 subscribers.

″We don’t know what happened, exactly. We do know that somebody came on the system and made some anti-Semitic comments,″ said Bill osendahl, vice president of the Santa Monica-based company.

″I’m baffled at how it was done and I’m shocked and outraged at the statements that were made,″ said Rosendahl.

Company officials called the FBI and police and planned to get in touch with the Federal Communications Commission today, he said.