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Fox apologizes again for Jefferson/Conyers error.

Fox News “apologized” yesterday after airing images of Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) during a discussion of indicted Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) (both happen to be African-American). But the apology “made no reference to Mr. Conyers and did not explain why or how the erroneous video made it to air.” After Conyers called the apology “lackluster,” Fox News tried again today:

We in no way meant to suggest there was any connection between the Jefferson indictment and Congressman Conyers. We have extended our apology privately to the congressman, and we do so here as well.

Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2007/06/foxjeffersonapol383.320.240.flv]

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UPDATE: Black web activists at ColorOfChange.org praise Conyers for fighting back.

UPDATE II: “Fox News’ African-American elected official mix-up not its first.”

UPDATE III: Jack and Jill Politics has more.

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Transcript:

On Monday, in our report on the indictment of William Jefferson, in error we aired some video of Congressman John Conyers of Michigan. That tape was labeled “a meeting about William Jefferson” and it was mistaken as video portraying Mr. Jefferson. We regret this mistake. We in no way meant to suggest there was any connection between the Jefferson indictment and Congressman Conyers. We have extended our apology privately to the congressman, and we do so here as well.