FAIL: Al Sharpton Botches Cokie Roberts Name and Pictures in Tribute Tweet
Not only did Al Sharpton misspell the name of the late journalist, he didn’t even get the right person in a picture he tweeted to pay tribute to Cokie Roberts. He spelled the name ‘Cookie’ and included pictures of Christiane Amanpour instead of Roberts. Saddened to hear of the passing of legendary journalist Cookie Roberts. Here is a Easter Sunday special we did in 2011. May she Rest in Peace”, Sharpton said in a since-deleted Tuesday tweet.
Sharpton deleted the error-ridden tweet, but of course that just really doesn’t work! Screenshots ya know! He claims staff did it, I guess we will never really know. But to me, that kinda makes it even worse, doesn’t it? Isn’t that like the husband who sends his secretary to arrange gifts for his wife?
Maybe he is just social media illiterate!
Roberts, a renowned journalist and political commentator, died Tuesday at 75.
Al Sharpton just deleted this tweet in which he said he was "saddened to hear of the passing of legendary journalist Cookie Roberts" while sharing images of Christiane Amanpour pic.twitter.com/MZbgtxy7cy
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) September 17, 2019
The botched memorial included a link to a video of a round table discussion about “God and Government” on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday show. Amanpour was the host and Sharpton and Roberts were panelists.
Sharpton posted another tweet with corrected spelling and different pictures that featured Roberts. Justin Baragona, publisher and editor of the Contemptor website had already screenshotted the tweet and it went viral.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) September 17, 2019
Sharpton blamed Tuesday’s social media blunder on an unidentified employee who ‘runs’ his Twitter account.
“I don’t do that. It’s done from the office,” he told The Post.
“When I saw it, I called in, and they corrected it.”
The culprit said “their finger stuck on the ‘o,’” he added.
“I am absolutely sorry that the person made the mistake, and they corrected the mistake,” Sharpton said.
But it is not the first time Sharpton has found his social media skills to be a bit challenged.
Shortly after the passing of music legend Aretha Franklin, he took to the airwaves and attempted to work in a Franklin call-back, saying, “So in the words of my late friend Aretha Franklin, show some R-E-S-P-I-C-T, and the next time you get a black woman and a beagle confused, remember this: I got you.”
Cokie Roberts was a three-time Emmy winner and was previously named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress in 2008.
Roberts died of complications from breast cancer Tuesday. She was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. She was well known for ‘loving this country’!
Cokie said that she had received the name “Cokie” from her older brother. Her real name was Corinne but he couldn’t pronounce it and called her Cokie instead. The name just stuck with her ever since.
Sam Donaldson said of Roberts, “Once we decided that Cokie was smarter than all of the rest of us, everything was great!” (I cannot help but say being smarter than Sam Donaldson is not saying much!)
But Cokie was a true pioneer for women in journalism. She ran from the left, but she was a professional. I always enjoyed watching her. She was smart, warm and had a great sense of humor as well as an infectious laugh. She has been a journalistic staple for my entire adult life. I did not always agree with her, but I respected her. She had integrity. I will miss her.
She is survived by her husband, fellow journalist Steven Roberts, her children, Lee and Rebecca and her six grandchildren.