While fans are still mourning the death of Kim Jonghyun, singer-songwriter and beloved lead vocalist of popular K-Pop group SHINee, NBC Chicago reported on the tragic event while mistakenly using footage of K-Pop supergroup BTS. The 5AM Morning News segment confused Jonghyun with BTS leader and main rapper, RM. You literally had one job.
While one might assume it was merely the wrong footage which would still make for a substantial mistake, the news anchor went on to mention “That band recently appeared on The Ellen Show and the American Music Awards,” confirming the mix-up between the two idols.
While the anchor was able to identify the late idol as “Kim Jonghyun, better known as Jonghyun,” the clip featuring BTS clearly opened with RM introducing himself as such. It’s like they couldn’t even do a quick Google search, let alone review the video they were going to put ON AIR. Come on, guys.
Understandably, the news station’s Twitter was flooded with outraged fans and non-fans alike, including 5SOS guitarist Michael Clifford.
this is just so fucking disrespectful. I have always been frustrated by the media’s lack of fact checking; (which could have taken minutes of research) this is straight up offensive to everyone involved. respect him in the right way or don’t at all. i’m very sorry about Jonghyun https://t.co/hK9IEhq2IJ
— michael clifford (@Michael5SOS) December 20, 2017
You should have properly done your research and made sure to double check it.By ignorantly reporting the death of an idol while using a popular group’s image on thebackground you disrespected and offended everyone especially those still grieving #NBCChicagoApologize
— Chimmymr (@oR7ywgVGUGcCWxO) December 20, 2017
I would hope you can give a FORMAL apology that is ON AIR. So people know exactly who should be MOURNED and who is still ALIVE! If you were ever going to report something and did it wrong, take the RESPONSIBILITY. #NBCChicagoApologize @nbcchicago
— CandiceLoveBTS (@LaughingTang55) December 20, 2017
NBC Chicago’s website uses the correct image of Kim Jonghyun, so at least there’s SOMEONE that knows what they’re doing. The major American television network has since issued an apology via Twitter.
Yesterday, while reporting on the death of Kim Jong-hyun, a member of the popular South Korean boy band SHINee, NBC 5 mistakenly aired video of the band BTS during our morning newscast. We sincerely apologize for this error. pic.twitter.com/b4ciVSLDlL
— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) December 20, 2017
Given the severity of the situation and the BS apology being made on Twitter when the mistake was made on TELEVISION, fans continued to respond with discontent:
It wasn't just a "video error"… you simply couldn't care enough to do proper research and check your facts before reporting. This is so disrespectful and its the last thing everyone involved needed. Next time don't bother. Just don't report on it if you won't do it right 🙁
— Vote #BTS and #BTSARMY on #iHeartAwards🐯 (@bangtanseuns) December 20, 2017
I’d ask you to air an apology because that video was aired and thousands of people saw it – some probably don’t even have social media and won’t know of this “apology” – but you probably won’t so I’m just going to ask you to please take the time to do a better research for —
— 「 ☼ᴇɪʀᴀ☾ 」 (@csnowsea) December 20, 2017
I get you “apologizes” but surely you can understand the grief fans of Jonghyun are going through. You horribly disrespected someone who died in a horrible way. You demeaned him and the fandoms of both SHINee and BTS. You didn’t even bother to focus on Jonghyun in this apology ~
— Taehyung's Bandana (@TheTaeLane) December 20, 2017
A number of Western news outlets have reported on the suicide loss of Kim Jonghyun given its motivation by the relentless K-Pop industry and its impact on the international K-Pop community of fans current and fans past. However, it’s disappointing to see that with what little research is required, certain outlets still fail to report accurately and instead focus on reporting quickly.
Via All K-Pop