Scarcely a week ago, the BBC disgraced itself by showing footage of black basketball star LeBron James when it announced the tragic death of basketball star Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter and several others in a helicopter crash.
And today, the BBC repeated its shame by using a picture of Labour MP Marsha de Cordova in an article about deputy leadership hopeful Dawn Butler.
That blunder was covered by the Evening Standard in an article that was cloned by MSN’s online news site – but the Standard had itself used a picture of a different and equally wrong black woman MP, as tweets of the article showed:
The Standard had correctly used a picture of Dawn Butler – but showed newly-elected colleague Bell Ribeiro-Addy instead of Ms de Cordova:
The Standard was forced to issue a humiliating correction and apology, though it blamed Getty for the initial mix-up:
Bell Ribeiro-Addy said later that the mix-ups demonstrated a lack of respect for black MPs. The presence of Tories in senior positions in both BBC current affairs output and the Evening Standard is surely coincidental.
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