Fox 5 News graphic IDs Obama as rape suspect, apology comes 48 hours later

Fox 5 News identifies President Barack Obama as a suspect in a San Diego rape case, then takes 48 hours to apologize for the error.

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February 16, 2015 -- Fox News outlets have a long history of graphics fails.


Tina Fey photo displayed during Sarah Palin report
Fox News; We Report. You Decidde
(Sex) Change You Can Believe In?
Rep. Joke Sestak?

... to highlight but a few.

But it's the Fox News geography fails that are the most entertaining:

Carlsbad City, California in West Africa?
Someone tell Fox Sports that Baghdad is in Iraq
And that New Hampshire isn't Vermont, much like Nevada isn't Utah (two other states that Fox has gotten confused on occasion).

But Fox's latest error is a doozy, as on Friday February 13, 2015, viewers of Fox 5 News (San Diego) heard anchor Kathleen Bade say: "The only suspect in a sex assault at SDSU [San Diego State University] will not be charged." At the same time, a picture of President Barack Obama appeared with the legend NO CHARGES.

There was no immediate on-air acknowledgment or apology for the error. In fact, it took 48 hours for the station to acknowledge the mistake.

At 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox 5 anchor Misha DiBono read this statement: "Friday night at 10 o'clock, we inadvertently used a photo of President Obama while reporting on a story about charges being dropped in a local case. We regret the error."

The station also posted a note on its website, headlined: An Apology to Our Viewers:

Last Friday night during KSWB-TVs 10 p.m. newscast, we inadvertently displayed a photo of President Obama while reporting a local story on the police dropping charges in an ongoing criminal case. The mistake was unintentional. On Sunday's 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts we delivered an on-air apology for the mistake. As we said then, we regret the error and apologize to our viewers for making it.