ABC News Vice President Jeffrey Schneider has issued an apology after the network aired offensive images of hateful Westboro Baptist Church protesters during a story on ex-Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who was forced out of his job because he once donated money in support of traditional marriage.
Newsbusters’ Scott Whitlock has more background on the ABC story:
Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was fired earlier this month when it was revealed that he donated $1000 in 2008 to Proposition 8. As Good Morning America reporter Linzie Janis explained the story on April 4, footage of the completely unrelated Westboro protesters holding “soldiers died 4 f*g marriage” signs appeared onscreen.
ABC News later posted the following editor’s note at the bottom of a story about Eich:
The segment as originally aired on Good Morning America on April 4, 2014, and included on this page, has been updated to correct an error. Video of a demonstration by the Westboro Baptist Church, which is not connected to this story, was inadvertently used in the original segment. We apologize for the error and have removed that video.
Instead of the Westboro protesters, the ABCNews.com video now features supporters of Proposition 8. The network reportedly told the website that similar footage will not be used again in the future.
Watch the video as it originally aired on ABC via Newsbusters here: