UPDATED with Trump response: It was only a matter of time before President Donald Trump got around to viewing all of the coverage of his announcement he would end his baby-snatching border policy and see the botched chyron on ABC.
“Look what Fake ABC News put out. I guess they had it prepared from the 13 Angry Democrats leading the Witch Hunt! #StopTheBias,” Trump tweeted of the probe headed by Robert Mueller, a longtime Republican.
Previous: ABC News has apologized for the botched graphic that appeared at the bottom of the screen during its coverage of President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would sign an executive order ending his baby-snatching southern border policy, while sticking with the “zero tolerance” strategy.
As Trump was talking, ABC viewers could read, at bottom of screen, “President Trump: ‘I’ll be signing something’ to address family separation crisis.”
That suddenly changed to read: “Manafort pleads guilty to 5 charges of manslaughter”
Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort had not pleaded guilty to five charges of manslaughter. But the headline remained on screen for about 6 seconds, before reverting to the Trump headline.
ABC News quickly issued a statement: “We regret and apologize for the false lower third graphic that aired during our special report. We are investigating how incorrect information was in our system and how and why it was allowed to air.”
A tweet posted a minute later added: “We apologize to our viewers and to Mr. Manafort. There simply is no excuse for this sort of mistake.”
ABC News statement, via ABCNewsPR Tweets: