Breaking news banner errors are going to happen. No one can be perfect all the time. And if it’s a small typo, it’s usually identified and fixed promptly. Not a huge deal. When you report a person has pleaded guilty on five counts of manslaughter and they haven’t, well, that’s a problem. When that person is Paul Manafort, people are going to wonder how they possibly missed that development.
ABC did just that earlier today and, obviously, regrets the error.
This banner briefly got on screen. ABC says “we are investigating how incorrect information was in our system and how and why it was allowed to air. We apologize to our viewers and to Mr. Manafort. There simply is no excuse for this sort of mistake.” https://t.co/rPjCueosCs
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 20, 2018
ABC News’ banner briefly reported this afternoon that Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to killing five people. (He has not) pic.twitter.com/ZnL94QJKOh
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) June 20, 2018