Today Show Apologizes: Baltimore is Not Charleston

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Not Charleston
Not Charleston

When the Today Show’s Matt Lauer announced on Wednesday that the trial of a Charleston, South Carolina, police officer involved in the death of Walter Scott received a mistrial, viewers may have been surprised to see Baltimore on the screen.

According to the Charleston Post and Courier, Matt Lauer said, “The mayor of Charleston, community leaders and South Carolina’s governor, are urging a calm response to that ruling.”

But footage of Baltimore protests that followed Freddie Gray’s death in 2015 were shown. The protests shown were peaceful.

Even Charleston was quick to catch the mistake, as Charlestonian tweeted, I KNOW some of y’all have been to #Chs so I am wondering when you saw any houses like this here? This is NOT Charleston.”

WCBD-2 reports that The Today Show apologized on-air for the snafu.

As the Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik pointed out, this isn’t the first time this has happened at NBC. In June, MSNBC ran a clip of the riots that followed Gray’s death when in fact the news was the result of a trial of one of the officers, and no violence was taking place.

Note to NBC News: The B in B-Roll doesn’t stand for Baltimore.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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