Fox News paid tribute to the life of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, on Thursday morning with a photo of Patti LaBelle.
On Thursday, following reports that Franklin had died at the age of 76, Fox News broadcast a video tribute featuring Franklin’s life and performances.
However, viewers quickly noticed something awry approximately 3 minutes and 30 seconds into the news package. The onscreen image included a transposed image in the upper right corner of legendary singer Patti LaBelle.
The photo has been identified as belonging to a 2014 performance LaBelle gave for then-President Barack Obama at the White House during which she sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Fox News later apologized for the error.
“We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends,” spokeswoman Jessica Santostefano said in a statement. “Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret.”
Social media users blasted the cable news network for the mistake:
— Bad Fox Graphics (@BadFoxGraphics) August 16, 2018
— Hugh Jasoul (@HughJasoull) August 16, 2018
It seems @FoxNews used an image of Patti LaBelle, thinking it was Aretha Franklin.
This is why the correct name for Fox is #FauxNews.
— .. ️ (@sextoyspolitics) August 16, 2018
Because of course Fox News mixes up Aretha Franklin & Patti LaBelle. pic.twitter.com/zIXvD2282B
— Chris Strider (@stridinstrider) August 16, 2018
LaBelle issued the following statement on the passing of Franklin:
Rest in peace Aretha. ❤ pic.twitter.com/QT7HeY5SIf
— Patti LaBelle (@MsPattiPatti) August 16, 2018