Oops: MSNBC reports that Obama backs Africa summit because he’s ‘from Kenya’
NBC White House Correspondent Chris Jansing incorrectly reported Tuesday that President Barack Obama wanted to have a successful U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit because he was “from Kenya.”
“The White House clearly, I assume, hoping that this will be part of president’s legacy given his background,” MSNBC host Joy Reid noted while introducing Jansing.
“Yeah, the fact that he’s from Kenya,” Jansing agreed. “And that fact that when he was elected there were expectations from the African continent that he would do great things for them. This is a concerted effort by this administration to get American companies to invest.”
Following Jansing’s remarks, Reid added that the president’s father was from Kenya, but did not directly contradict the correspondent.
About 10 minutes later, Jansing corrected the record herself.
“I misspoke at the top before,” she explained. “It is obviously the president’s father who is from Kenya.”
“We, of course, know what you meant,” Reid replied.
Watch the video below from MSNBC, broadcast Aug. 5, 2014.