Dec. 6 (UPI) -- During its coverage of Nelson Mandela’s death on Thursday, Detroit station WDIV 4 ran a picture of New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez alongside a graphic at the bottom of the screen reading, “Remembering Nelson Mandela.”
One astute viewer noticed that there had been a slight mistake:
And then word spread…
"Wait... are you sure that's a picture of Nelson Mandela?" "Close enough." http://t.co/egNWKUxOgD— Jim Harper (@NewsroomJim) December 6, 2013
Shameful. This news station put up a picture of A Rod instead of Mandela. http://t.co/wlDgGYz9zs— ksamshow (@ksamshow) December 6, 2013
As if the association between Mandela and A-Rod wasn’t bizarre enough, there was also this nugget from late-night television on the Arsenio Hall show. Singer R. Kelly performed a tribute song he had apparently written for Mandela and performed for him previously during a visit to his home.