Fox News issued an apology after two images of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., were shown during a news alert on a registered sex offender suspected of killing a student at the University of Utah.
In its first piece on the subject, Fox switched to images of Harris instead of a mugshot of the 37-year-old suspect, Melvin Rowland. It later apologized for the error and updated the video.
The event occurred during a Fox News anchor Jillian Mele’s quick news report, which used stock photos of Harris.
The television network re-aired the report 45 minutes later, this time with the right photos of the suspect, after social media users pointed out the error and shared footage of the piece.
“Now in an earlier version of this story, we showed you the wrong video, “During the broadcast, Jillian Mele of Fox News stated.
“We showed you pictures of Sen. Kamala Harris instead of Melvin Rowland’s mugshot. We apologize for that error.”
A student was shot and killed outside a dorm at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, according to the original report.
Rowland is accused of murdering Lauren McCluskey, a track and field athlete at the University of Utah, in a vehicle on campus.
Rowland has never attended the school.
According to a statement given by the victim’s mother, McCluskey, 21, and Rowland dated briefly before she found that Rowland had lied about his identity, age, and criminal background. Rowland had allegedly harassed McCluskey following their split, according to McCluskey’s police report.
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