Oh dear. Math was never my strong suit. Apparently I’m not alone…
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Ugh…this is really bad. I cannot dodge, explain away, or otherwise try to mitigate this. It’s baaaad.
MSNBC reporter Chris Jansing claimed President Barack Obama’s keen interest in this week’s African leadership summit stems from the fact that “he’s from Kenya” — an assertion that took over ten minutes for her to reverse.
Jansing spoke to MSNBC’s Joy Reid about the ongoing meeting of American and African leaders in Washington D.C. “The White House is clearly, I would assume, hoping this will be part of the president’s legacy, given his background,” Reid said.
“Yeah, the fact that he’s from Kenya,” Jansing replied breezily. “And the fact that when he was elected there were expectations on the African continent that he would do great things for them.”
The reporter realized her misstatement about ten minutes later. “Yeah, and — and just obviously to clarify, I misspoke at the top — before,” she said. “It is obviously the president’s father who is from Kenya. And you clarified that.”
It’s well documented that networks during breaking news events don’t always vet their sources properly…especially when “eyewitness” phone ins are concerned. Well, it happened to MSNBC today as The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple writes…
MSNBC tells us a bad template was hidden in the automated ticker. The graphics team has since corrected it.
Wellp, this is pretty bad. You show a picture of a doppleganger as the person who died? Ugh. I will say, having watched the segment, it seemed to appear like the MSNBC control room caught the error while Jansing was doing the V.O. and cut back to her. The obvious question is what idiot cued that B-Roll up in the first place? I bet they were under 40…