For the second time in two days on national TV, a political journalist incorrectly labeled as “Republicans” the two segregationist Senators Joe Biden praised earlier this week.
In the first instance, it was MSNBC‘s Kasie Hunt during a Wednesday report she did on the controversy:
MSNBC's Kasie Hunt: “Joe Biden references his relationships with two former Republican colleagues at an event in NYC. The only problem? They were both segregationists”
The Senators were identified as James Eastland & Herman Talmadge
They are Democrats
No correction was issued pic.twitter.com/Ut3EpAwrnf
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 19, 2019
Hunt did not make a correction on the air that day, but posted a tweet later that evening noting the error. She also said she’d correct it the next day on-air, which she did:
A day after falsely labeling two segregationist senators as Republican, MSNBC's Kasie Hunt issues a correction:
"Yesterday, we inaccurately said on the show that Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge were Republicans. They were both Democrats. We regret the error." pic.twitter.com/CNngTMmSRy
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 20, 2019
By that point, however, the damage was done.
The very next day, during a “CNN Newsroom” segment, New York Times political reporter Astead Herndon made the same error (bolded emphasis added):
“Our reporting yesterday was that some of his advisers, and even some of his supporters, were a little shocked with the way he was characterizing his relationships with those senators. And they’ve said, if you want to talk about bipartisanship, why not mention other Republicans — not the kind of the most controversial of them. And we know that the other Democrats are going to try to seize on this to create differences and stand out.”
Watch the segment below:
When these things keep happening it’s hard to buy the excuse that it’s just a “mistake.” It’s almost like they want you to be misinformed.
In Hunt’s case, at least, an effort was made to correct the record.
—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–