During Monday's broadcast of CBS Evening News, the network misidentified Rep. John Lewis. While reporting on Lewis's recent cancer diagnosis, the news outlet showed a picture of deceased Congressman Elijah Cummings.
Over the weekend, Rep. Lewis revealed that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In a statement he said, “Doctors discovered stage 4 pancreatic cancer ... While I'm clear-eyed by about the prognosis ... I have a fighting chance.”
But while showing a quote from the statement, the producers accidentally used a picture of Elijah Cummings, who died in October, in the background.
This is not the first time news outlets have confused the two congressmen. Just this past June, Fox News issued an on-air apology after showing a clip of Rep. Lewis while doing a story on Rep. Cummings. “A few moments ago we had a technical SNAFU,” anchor Eric Shawn said. “We aired a clip of John Lewis of Georgia and mistakenly labeled him as Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings. Of course, we regret that error and apologize.”
CBS producers issued this statement on Twitter expressing regret for the mistake.
Tonight on the 6:30 p.m. ET broadcast of the CBS Evening News, one photograph was misidentified as Congressman John Lewis. We have replaced the photo in all broadcasts and platforms. We deeply regret the error.— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) December 31, 2019
CBS Evening News airs weeknights at 6:30 p.m. on CBS.
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