He really screwed the pooch on this one…
MSNBC PoliticsNation host Al Sharpton mourned Tuesday’s death of journalist Cokie Roberts by sending a tweet of images of Christiane Amanpour, a still-living journalist.
Sharpton tweeted, “Saddened to hear of the passing of legendary journalist Cookie Roberts. Here is a Easter Sunday special we did in 2011. May she Rest In Peace,” along with several Amanpour images. Apart from the deceased’s apparent misidentification, Sharpton mispelled the name of Roberts.
Critics were fast to point out the mistakes of Sharpton, and the tweet was removed.
Al Sharpton just deleted this tweet in which he said he was “saddened to hear of the passing of legendary journalist Cookie Roberts” while sharing images of Christiane Amanpour pic.twitter.com/MZbgtxy7cy
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) September 17, 2019
Roberts worked on National Public Radio and ABC News as a political reporter and analyst for decades. She died in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday following a lengthy fight against breast cancer.
Amanpour is CNN’s leading global anchor, hosting Amanpour & Company on PBS. She lives in London.
Sharpton, who started his career as a civil rights activist, has a history of mispronouncing individuals, locations, and stuff while on television.
In August 2018, in Aretha Franklin’s 1967 hit “Respect,” he mispelled the most popular lyric of iconic soul singer Aretha Franklin. Sharpton criticized President Donald Trump for treating former aid Omarosa Manigault Newman, whom the president called a “dog” on Twitter.
“So in the words of my late friend Aretha Franklin, show some R-E-S-P-I-C-T, and the next time you get a black woman and a beagle confused, remember this: I got you,” Sharpton responded to Trump’s insult.
In Franklin’s hit, the word “respect” is not spelled like this.
Sharpton has generated a lengthy and fabulous history of gaffes and errors throughout his many years as a TV anchor.