has any senator or political figure, or for that matter, any public figure on television ever audibly farted during a live broadcast? if so, who? i feel robert byrd has been a victim of this several times over.
Probably many, but microphones are usually designed to pick out sounds from the mouth, not the other end: they wouldn’t detect it.
I hope this appropriate for this board, but I think most Senators fart out of their mouths. (Notice I said MOST)
Seriously, though, RealityChuck has it right, the mics the Senate uses are probably unidirectional. Omnidirectional microphones are more expensive and more difficult for the sound engineer to manage. So if a sound doesn’t originate within a small arc around the centerline of the mic, it probably won’t get picked up.