Idaho news station apologizes to BLM activist over ‘bank robbery’ picture blunder
Tweets posted to CBS-affiliate KBOI in Idaho showed police restraining DeRay Mckesson, an activist and former Baltimore mayoral candidate, underneath the headline: “Would-be robber arrives early at banks to find doors locked.”
The image had been taken during a July 2016 protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Mckesson later shared the tweet along with the caption: “I haven’t been anywhere near a bank robbery. FYI.”
I haven't been anywhere near a bank robbery. FYI. https://t.co/c7mWZlMLR8— deray mckesson (@deray) July 15, 2017
KBOI then deleted the original tweet and posted an apology to its Twitter feed.
“We messed up,” the tweet read. “We mistakenly tweeted a photo of @deray with an unrelated story link about a bank robbery. We at KBOI are very sorry."
We messed up. We mistakenly tweeted a photo of @deray with an unrelated story link about a bank robbery. We at KBOI are very sorry.— KBOI 2News (@KBOITV) July 15, 2017
American Civil Liberties Union executive Kristen Clarke also weighed in on the controversy, pointing out that the suspect in the robbery case was not African-American.
Asked for his reaction, Mckesson told Raw Story: “I’m confused as to how the image of my arrest in Baton Rouge was affixed to a story about a bank robbery in Idaho, especially given that the suspect wasn’t even black.”
Furious commenters noted that the picture was also used for another story carrying the headline: “Officer wounded in deadly ambush sues Black Lives Matter.”
Some have even pointed to ties between the Sinclair Broadcasting Group – the owners of KBOI – and US President Donald Trump, a critic of the Black Lives Matter movement, as reason for the tweets.
KBOI is owned by Sinclair Media, which has ties to Trump.https://t.co/xkkS9y9YBl— Lisa Garner (@lisagarner_lisa) July 16, 2017
Assumes it was an accident. Deray has nothing to do with any of KBOI's headlines today, yet his picture was used in a disparaging way twice!— Ole Tippecanoe (@TippeTyYay) July 15, 2017