Fox News eulogizes Aretha Franklin with a photo of Patti LaBelle

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Fox News eulogized Detroit soul singer Aretha Franklin on Thursday afternoon. But there was one problem with the tribute — the brainiacs over at our favorite fair and balanced network used a photo of another black singer, Patti LaBelle, performing at the White House.

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Hmmm... I wonder how that happened.



Making it even worse is a rumored beef between LaBelle and Franklin over Franklin snubbing LaBelle at the 2014 White House event. Splinter reports that Franklin denied that ever happened. However, a separate rumor about a physical fight between Franklin and LaBelle led to a $10 million lawsuit against the satirical humor site News Nerd. Billboard eventually cleared that up, quoting Franklin in 2014 as saying, "I've never heard anything crazier ... Patti and I are cool and we always have been. I enjoyed her at the White House. Classic Patti."

Fox News media desk vice president Jessica Santostefano issued an apology:



"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends. Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full-screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret."

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