ABC News is taking some heat after the network aired an erroneous chyron accusing President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort of “manslaughter.”
While playing a segment Wednesday of President Donald Trump’s discussion about the ongoing border separation crisis, ABC News splashed this incorrect message across the bottom of its screen: “Manafort pleads guilty to 5 charges of manslaughter.”
— Grim (@TheTenArms) June 20, 2018
After a bit of social media chatter from viewers perplexed by the inflammatory report — which was scrawled across a navy blue bar in bold white letters and only lasted about seven seconds — ABC News fessed up to its mistake.
The news outlet said in a statement it regrets the “incorrect information,” noting executives are investigating “how and why it was allowed to air.”
(cont.) We apologize to our viewers and to Mr. Manafort. There simply is no excuse for this sort of mistake. (2/2)
— ABCNews PR (@ABCNewsPR) June 20, 2018
ABC also apologized to Manafort, who was sentenced to jail last week over charges he tried to tamper with witnesses before his trial over bank fraud and money laundering allegations, for propagating the fake news.
Manafort served as Trump’s 2016 campaign manager for 144 days.