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MSNBC apologizes for showing bad video during reporting on death of Rep. Alcee Hastings

MSNBC apologized on Wednesday for mistakenly showing a video of another black congressman as he reported a day earlier of the death of U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings from Florida.

During the reporting, the network released an archived video of U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi. The report correctly included a few stills from Hastings

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Rep. Alcee Hastings, the longtime fiercely liberal Florida congressman who was pursued throughout his tenure by an indictment that ended his burgeoning judicial career, died on April 6, 2021. He was 84 years old.

MSNBC tweeted an apology on Tuesday:

The error “should never have happened,” the channel’s Hallie Jackson said on air Wednesday. “We’re sorry we did. Congressman Hastings has served the State of Florida for nearly three decades and the House and deserves a worthy tribute for that service.

Hastings, a former federal indictment judge, was first elected to Congress in 1992. He announced two years ago that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer.


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