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Reporter caught playing ‘Pokemon GO’ at State Department briefing

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Reporter caught playing ‘Pokemon GO’ at State Department briefing

We’ve all been there: We’re supposed to be paying attention in class or at a meeting, but we can’t resist checking our phone for a text or sports score or, y’know, a pocket monster in the wild. So, we can undoubtedly sympathize with this reporter who was called out — on television — at a U.S. State Department press briefing for playing “Pokémon GO.”

CNN caught the exchange on Thursday, as State Department spokesman John Kirby briefly halted his discussion of efforts to combat ISIS to turn and ask, “You’re playing the Pokémon thing right there, aren’t you?”

The (mercifully) unidentified reporter replied from off camera, “I’m just keeping an eye on it.”

Kirby continued his anti-terrorism briefing, only to return once more to the topic at hand. “Did you get one?” he asked, only to be told, “No, the signal is not very good.”

“I’m sorry about that,” Kirby responded.

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