- News outlets scrambled to gather details and report on Kobe Bryant’s unexpected death on Sunday, with some being criticized for their work.
- MSNBC anchor Allison Morris was slammed after appearing to make a racial slur while talking about Bryant.
- Meanwhile, BBC News came under fire for using footage of LeBron James instead of Bryant on air.
- Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez was suspended after tweeting a link to an April 2016 story about Bryant’s rape case, and then screengrabbing and sharing on Twitter the names of people who criticized her.
- The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it was “wholly inappropriate” for TMZ to break the story before officials had been able to notify the victims’ families of their deaths.
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Major news outlets, including the Washington Post, BBC, MSNBC and TMZ, were censured on Sunday for their coverage of basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s death.
Bryant and his daughter, 13-year-old Gianna, were among nine people who died when their helicopter crashed amid foggy conditions and burst into flames in the Calabasas hills, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department reported.
Reporters jumped on the story of the unexpected death of one of NBA’s greats as details about the tragic accident trickled in slowly. But some stumbled along the way.
MSNBC anchor Allison Morris was slammed on social media after appearing to make a racial slur while talking about Bryant, who spent 20 years as a Los Angeles Laker.
Morris took to Twitter to issue an apology, writing: “Earlier today, while reporting on the tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s passing, I, unfortunately, stuttered on-air, combining the names of the Knicks and the Lakers to say ‘Nakers.’ Please know I did not & would NEVER use a racist term. I apologize for the confusion this caused.”
Bryan’s fans, however, were not satisfied.
—PrinceDaDancer (@Obeyprincee) January 26, 2020
A Change.org petition titled “Get Alison Morris Fired !!!” had picked up almost 14,000 signatures as of Monday morning.
“What she said was not Accident but on PURPOSE because she paused before she said ” Los Angeles Ni***** ” We need to join together to get her fired because Enough is Enough & we will not tolerate this Racist BS anymore !” Alizah Parks, who created the petition, wrote.
Meanwhile, BBC News came under fire for using footage of LeBron James instead of Bryant on its program BBC News on Ten. Outraged f