Reporter Has Epic Response When Caught Playing Pokémon Go At Press Briefing


To say the Pokémon Go craze is sweeping the globe would be somewhat of an understatement. But there's a fine line between you slacking off at work in order to try to catch a Pikachu and a reporter ignoring an ISIS briefing in his pursuit of catching 'em all.

As you can see in the video above, US State Department spokesman John Kirby was in the middle of a press briefing when he apparently noticed a reporter playing Pokémon Go on his phone.

Kirby was standing up there, trying to inform the media about ongoing efforts to combat terrorism around the world. But who has time for that shit when there's a Charizard in sight, right?

Come on, people. It's called "priorities."

Kirby must've spotted this reporter playing Pokémon Go because he appears to do a double take before he says,

You're playing the Pokémon thing right there, aren't you?

AREN'T YOU, you sick son of a bitch?

Well, this reporter must've anticipated such a moment because it sounded like he had his cool response pretty prepared. You can hear this esteemed journalist say,

I'm just keeping my eye on it.

Like, oh: That's cool. I'll keep going on about ISIS and the threat of global terrorism, but you keep your eyes firmly fixed on any potential Pokémon roaming about.

Kirby, like the the good speaker he is, recovers in time to finish the briefing. But he just couldn't resist asking the reporter for a status update. Kirby asked,

Did you get one?

To this, reporter Ash replies, with zero shame,

No. The signal is not very good.

I'm sorry, Ash, this isn't a fucking Pokégym! John Kirby, who is now one of my most favorite people, gets the final word in. He says,

I'm sorry about that.

Holy hell. This is better than an SNL skit.

Citations: Reporter caught trying to catch a Pokemon during US government briefing (Metro), Reporter caught trying to catch Pokemon during State briefing (YouTube)