MSNBC apologized after it mistakenly used a photo of white nationalist Richard Spencer during a segment about fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer.
The network showed the image of the white nationalist while host Joy Reid discussed an op-ed by the former Navy secretary after he was fired while trying to convince President Trump not to meddle in the war crimes case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher.
“This is what Spencer wrote in an op-ed about what the White House did,” Reid said, before reading from the op-ed as the image of the white nationalist leader appeared on-screen.
“Earlier in the segment, as we were talking about former Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, we mistakenly showed the wrong image of white supremacist Richard Spencer,” Reid said several minutes later. “Very, deeply sorry for that mistake.”
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Spencer wrote that Trump’s attempt to interfere in Gallagher’s case was “shocking and unprecedented.”
“It was also a reminder that the president has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices,” he wrote.
“The rest is history. We must now move on and learn from what has transpired. The public should know that we have extensive screening procedures in place to assess the health and well-being of our forces. But we must keep fine-tuning those procedures to prevent a case such as this one from happening again,” he added. “More importantly, Americans need to know that 99.9 percent of our uniformed members always have, always are and always will make the right decision. Our allies need to know that we remain a force for good, and to please bear with us as we move through this moment in time.”