Can't Make This Stuff Up: A Woman Tricked CNN on the Air During New Year's Eve Celebration


A married couple faked a marriage proposal on New Year’s Eve to get on CNN to fulfill a special request from “Outkick the Coverage” founder Clay Travis, and CNN is still covering it as real news.

Dustin Smith pretended to propose to his wife Marisa Smith, just so she could yell “I love boobs!” at CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin for Travis.

Baldwin banned Travis from her show on CNN in September because of a comment he made during an interview.

“I’m a First Amendment absolutist. I believe in two things completely: the First Amendment and boobs,” he said on air.

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After Travis heard Baldwin tell co-host Don Lemon “my balls are bigger than your balls” during CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage in New Orleans, he put out a challenge to his fans to help him get back at the host.

Travis offered fans $10,000 to say “I love boobs” on CNN, specifically at Baldwin.

“And then I thought, you know what, many Outkick women also loved my first amendment and boobs line on CNN,” he said on his website. “So why not offer double to get a woman to tell Baldwin to her face that she loved boobs?”

Dustin and Marisa Smith took Travis up on his challenge and knew exactly how to get on TV on New Years Eve.

Dustin Smith was given the microphone by Lemon so he could pretend to propose to his wife. After the proposal, Marisa Smith grabbed the microphone and yelled “I love boobs! B-double o-b-s!” to win the $20,000 from Travis.

Travis later pointed out that the fake wedding proposal is posted on CNN‘s website with the caption “CNN’s Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon help a couple get engaged in New Orleans,” but the couple’s comments are edited out.

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The couple will appear on Travis’ radio show later this week.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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