Twice in One Week: Second Journo Mislabels as "Republicans" the Democratic Segregationist Senators Biden Praised

New York Times reporter Astead Herndon speaks on CNN - 6/20/19. Screen grab via CNN.
 NYT journo Astead Herndon
New York Times reporter Astead Herndon speaks on CNN – 6/20/19. Screen grab via CNN.

For the second time in two days on national TV, a political journalist incorrectly labeled as “Republicans” the two segregationist Senators Joe Biden praised earlier this week.


In the first instance, it was MSNBC‘s Kasie Hunt during a Wednesday report she did on the controversy:

Hunt did not make a correction on the air that day, but posted a tweet later that evening noting the error. She also said she’d correct it the next day on-air, which she did:

By that point, however, the damage was done.

The very next day, during a “CNN Newsroom” segment, New York Times political reporter Astead Herndon made the same error (bolded emphasis added):

“Our reporting yesterday was that some of his advisers, and even some of his supporters, were a little shocked with the way he was characterizing his relationships with those senators. And they’ve said, if you want to talk about bipartisanship, why not mention other Republicans — not the kind of the most controversial of them. And we know that the other Democrats are going to try to seize on this to create differences and stand out.”


Watch the segment below:

This is just ridiculous. It does not even take five minutes to Google Sens. James Eastland (MS) & Herman Talmadge (GA) to find out they were both Democrats.

When these things keep happening it’s hard to buy the excuse that it’s just a “mistake.” It’s almost like they want you to be misinformed.

In Hunt’s case, at least, an effort was made to correct the record.

In Herndon’s case, however, CNN did not correct him on-air. And as of this writing, there is not a correction noted on either Herndon’s Twitter feed nor “CNN Newsroom”‘s Twitter feed.

Please tell me again about how the New York Times is committed to “deliver[ing] the highest-quality journalism possible” and how CNN is all about “facts first” because I’m sure as heck not seeing it.

—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–


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