Fox News inserts Patti LaBelle into Aretha Franklin tribute, apologizes.
Tributes to Aretha Franklin, who sadly passed away at the age of 76, have been pouring in from her fellow musicians and others (including Barack and Michelle Obama). Fox News ran a tribute of their own to the late Queen of Soul, but as Spin and many on social media pointed out, they included a picture of Patti LaBelle in the upper right hand corner of a slide in the montage.
Umm, is that Patti LaBelle in the corner? pic.twitter.com/PmUPpgc0zb
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 16, 2018
Yep here's video pic.twitter.com/IIkMDuKB7e
— Zachary Pleat (@zpleat) August 16, 2018
Speaking to The Wrap, Fox issued an apology for their photo mistake. “We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends,” Media Desk Vice President Jessica Santostefano wrote. “Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret.”
Aretha Franklin does not appear in the original of the AP photo Fox used.