MSNBC is beaten for using video of the WRONG black congressman during a report on Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings
- A video of Rep. Bennie Thompson was shown Tuesday at a tribute about Rep. Alcee Hastings
- MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson apologized Wednesday on behalf of the network for showing a clip of the Congressman, who is still alive and serving at Congress
- Rep. Alcee Hastings, the longtime Florida congressman, died Tuesday at the age of 84
- The wrong black congressman’s video was broadcast for 30 seconds as a correspondent discussed what Hastings’s death could mean for Democrats
An MSNBC anchor has been forced to apologize for using a video of the wrong congressman as he aired a report Tuesday on the Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings.
Anchor Hallie Jackson discussed the Congressman’s death with correspondent Garrett Haake, while a video of another black congressman, Rep. Bennie Thompson – who is still alive and well – was played live on the air for about 30 seconds during a segmant on Hallie Jackson Reports.
Jackson and Haake discussed what Hastings’s death could mean for Democrats and the small majority in the House, while a video from Rep. Bennie Thompson played the entire live hit at a press conference.
Jackson apologized for the incorrect video on Wednesday, saying it “ should never have happened. ”
“Congressman Hastings has served the state of Florida in the House for nearly three decades and deserves a tribute worthy of that service,” she said.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (pictured left) tweeted his condolences for the loss of Rep. Alcee Hastings (photo right)
MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson apologized Wednesday on behalf of the network for showing a clip of the Congressman, who is still alive and serving at Congress
Jackson apologized for the error both on the airwaves and on Twitter
Jackson also acknowledged the error in a tweet, saying: “We deeply regret the mistake.”
Although the cause of death of Rep. Alcee Hastings is not yet known, he publicly shared in 2019 that he was battling pancreatic cancer.
He was unable to travel to Washington in January to take the oath of office.
Hastings was impeached after becoming the first sitting federal judge to be tried for criminal charges in 1988. He was convicted and taken off the bench in 1989, before winning his seat in Congress three years later.
Representative Alcee Hastings leaves the House Democrats caucus meeting at the Capitol on January 4, 2019
Rep. Bennie Thompson tweeted his condolences on the loss of his fellow congressman. Today is a tragic day. Join us as we mourn the loss of @RepHastingsFl. May he rest in heavenly peace.
Rep. Bennie Thompson tweeted his condolences for the loss of his fellow congressman
Twitter users turned down the network for their mistake, with U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty writing, “ Congressman Alcee Hastings served in Congress for nearly 30 years, but the media doesn’t have the respect to post the correct image when reporting his death. . Intentional or not, it reflects disrespect. Regret afterwards is fine, research before the deed is preferred. ‘
One user wrote, “How do you keep confusing black people?” Another commented, ‘This is bad. Really.’
TV networks have come under fire for similar mistakes in the past. Fox News made the same mistake before, including a photo of singer Patti LaBelle during their obituary for Aretha Franklin.
Fox also aired a video of the late former US Representative John Lewis labeling him as Chairman of the Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings.