The CBS Evening News has apologized after it confused Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) with the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on air Monday.
The initial story was in regard to Lewis’s recent announcement of his Stage IV pancreatic cancer diagnosis. However, the news outlet mistakenly used a photo of Cummings, not Lewis, for its story.
In a tweet that afternoon, the outlet said it had fixed the mistake.
Tonight on the 6:30 p.m. ET broadcast of the CBS Evening News, one photograph was misidentified as Congressman John Lewis. We have replaced the photo in all broadcasts and platforms. We deeply regret the error.
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) December 31, 2019
Despite the apology, Twitter users were quick to condemn the apparent mistake.
“Unnacceptable [sic] & racist! CBS once again proves they’re
#FakeNews,” one person wrote.
“First you do this to
@RepCummings and now to @repjohnlewis ? You must do better. Unacceptable. Let’s face it. You would never mix up two old white guys,” another user commented.
Monday, veteran and inspirational speaker Stephon Ferguson shared a photo of the story that mislabeled the photo of Cummings as Lewis.
“Can’t believe CBS News is showing a picture of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings w/ Congressman John Lewis’ name as they talk about Rep. Lewis’ recent announcement. Get it right!
@CBSNews,” he wrote.
Cummings passed away from “complications concerning longstanding health challenges” October 17, according to Breitbart News.
Sunday, Lewis said he will begin cancer treatments soon, adding that he had “never faced a fight quite like the one I have now.”
“I have decided to do what I know to do and do what I have always done: I am going to fight it and keep fighting for the Beloved Community. We still have many bridges to cross,” he concluded.