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San Diego's Fox 5 mistakenly aired an image of President Obama instead of a rape supsect. (Fox 5 Screenshot via New York Daily News)

San Diego’s Fox 5 mistakenly aired an image of President Obama instead of a rape supsect. (Fox 5 Screenshot via New York Daily News)

Everyone makes mistakes, but San Diego’s Fox 5 (KSWB-TV) made a doozy when on Friday it aired a picture of President Barack Obama instead of a suspected rapist.

The New York Daily News reports:

The image, which included a caption that read “no charges,” appeared on a screen behind anchor Kathleen Bade for about five seconds. Bade’s report discussed how the office of San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ has declined to prosecute a person of interest in a rape case, the Raw Story blog reported. The sexual assault case involved students at San Diego State University.

The broadcast, which ran for an hour, did not follow up with a correction.

But station officials noticed the slip-up right away, Fox 5 San Diego assignment editor Mike Wille told the Times of San Diego.

“Yeah, there was an accident when they had an over-the-shoulder [view during the broadcast]” Wille said. “It wasn’t on purpose.”

He said of the decision not to run a correction: “They really don’t do that when it’s a small thing like that.”

The station, a subsidiary of Chicago-based Tribune Broadcasting, is identified on the company’s website as operating in the 28th-largest media market in the country, the News notes.

Do you think it’s “a small thing?” Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Fox Affiliate Mistakenly Airs Obama Image Instead Of Rape Suspect [VIDEO] was originally published on newsone.com

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