Fox and Friends issued an on-air apology after an image of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., was shown onscreen during a report about a suspected killer.
The error occurred Tuesday while news anchor Jillian Mele was detailing the murder of University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey by alleged gunman Melvin S. Rowland, who was also a registered sex offender. As she said that the “suspect” was “found dead after shooting himself in a church,” Harris’s image covered the screen.
Watch the errors — as well as the apology — here:
About 45 minutes later they got the correct footage and "apologize[d] for that error." pic.twitter.com/tY1AA04uDP
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 23, 2018
If you follow the logic that one time is a mistake and two times is a choice, as the report continued, another photo of Harris appeared on the screen — this time showing her with a schoolchild.
The network later issued an apology (“In an earlier version of this story … we showed you pictures of Sen. Kamala Harris instead of Melvin Rowland’s mug shot. We apologize for that error”), but that didn’t silence reaction from Twitter.
Wait, Fox News falsely associated a Black person with crime? https://t.co/Ao9n5chz93
— Alex Kotch 🔥🚲 (@alexkotch) October 23, 2018
You ever get the feeling that these “mistakes” aren’t mistakes at all? @SenKamalaHarris @FoxNews. Fox News Mistakenly Shows Sen. Kamala Harris In Alert About Shooting Suspect, Apologizes https://t.co/CA5gj1Ri6i
— J. Scott (@HotTubPilot) October 23, 2018
Fox planting negative associations with @KamalaHarris
This is disturbing
This is disgusting
This is outrageous
This is Trumps Amerikkka https://t.co/snflpWFo2g
— K.Mo (@BakerBitchBakes) October 23, 2018
Fox-Can You Stoop Any Lower?
— Margaret Stockbridge #TRUMPHATER #RESISTANCE (@MargaretStockb2) October 23, 2018
Patti LaBelle wasn't available?
— International House of Demon Kat (@Demonkatz) October 23, 2018
These are not mistakes. This is being done purposeky to connect black individuals to crime. @FoxNews
Fox News Mistakenly Shows Kamala Harris In Shooting Suspect Alert, Apologizeshttps://t.co/ooXRKyxDKc
— Ridge (@ridge8861) October 23, 2018
They so easily manipulate their gullible viewers using this tactic. They’ve been doing this kind of stuff for years. That’s why Trump can do whatever he damn well please and they just… pic.twitter.com/ghA9SvI8pr
— Cecelia (@Cece44688912) October 23, 2018
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