MSNBC has admitted airing footage of the wrong black congressman while reporting on the death of Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings.
“Earlier when reporting on the death of Rep. Alcee Hastings, we showed video of Rep. Bennie Thompson,” the network’s Hailie Jackson tweeted Tuesday of the mistake on her 10 a.m. show, “Hailie Jackson Reports.”
“We deeply regret the error,” she tweeted.
Jackson again apologized for the live on-air blunder Wednesday, saying the mistake “should never have happened.”
“We are sorry it did. Congressman Hastings served the state of Florida for nearly three decades and the House and deserves a tribute worthy of that service,” the host said.
Hastings, a former federal judge, announced two years ago that he had pancreatic cancer. He died Tuesday, aged 84.
Alcee Hastings is sworn in as a Broward County Circuit Court judge on May 12, 1977.TNS via ZUMA Wire
Thompson, a Democratic congressman from Mississippi, does not appear to have commented about the