Not Good: Fox Shows Conyers Instead of Jefferson
Via the AP: Fox News apologizes for tape goof
Fox News Channel apologized on-air Tuesday for running tape of a different congressman while reporting Monday on the indictment of Rep. William J. Jefferson on bribery charges.
The network ran footage of House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers of Michigan instead of Jefferson. Both congressmen are black.
Fox blamed the mistake on a 22-year-old production assistant hurriedly grabbing a wrong videotape. Fox’s Washington bureau chief, Brian Wilson, said he was mortified by the error.
Mistakes happen, to be sure–but for Fox News to make this one just plays into the idea that conservatives/Republicans think that all black people look alike.
Sometimes fairly or unfairly certain mistakes are more serious depending on who makes them. If Dan Quayle misspells something that has more of an effect than if Al Gore Does. Or, if John Kerry changes his mind or equivocates he looks like a flip-flopper, while another candidate can get away with it. Same deal here–if CNN had made this mistake, it probably wouldn’t have been noticed.