Fox News mocked for referring to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras as 'Mexican countries'
The graphic appeared on 'Fox & Friends' during a report on President Trump's plans of cutting aid to the three Central American countries over flow of migrants to US-Mexico border
Fox News issued an apology on Sunday after it aired a graphic referring to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as "three Mexican countries."
The incident occurred when 'Fox & Friends' was airing news of President Donald Trump's plans of cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the three Central American countries over the flow of migrants from these regions to the US-Mexico border.
The president has also warned of closing the border altogether.
The report stated, "Trump's action was the culmination of a months-long battle in the U.S. government over the aid program, which grew substantially under the Obama administration and was intended to address the root causes of migration - violence, a lack of jobs and poverty."
As 'Fox & Friends' hosts Ed Henry and Pete Hegseth talked about the president "going full-court press on Mexico" and spoke of "cutting payments, aid payments, to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras," a chyron appeared on the screen, referring to the three nations as "3 Mexican countries."
"We want to clarify and correct something that happened earlier in the show," 'Fox & Friends' host Ed Henry said on Sunday.
"We had an inaccurate graphic on screen while talking about this very story. We just want to be clear, the funding is being cut off to the three Central American countries. We apologize for the error. It never should have happened."
Although the graphic was on the screen for about 30 seconds, multiple social media users noticed it and seized on the embarrassing error as they took to Twitter to mock the television network.
FOX NEWS: "Trump cuts U.S. aid to 3 Mexican countries."— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) March 31, 2019
I have nothing to add. https://t.co/xdeluRtMxd
A screenshot of the Fox News chyron was originally shared by the account called @BadFoxGraphics and was swiftly picked up by other journalists too.
CNN's chief media correspondent Brian Stetler shared the image of the graphic on Twitter with the caption: "This is an actual banner from "Fox & Friends Weekend." 6:03 am today. I double checked because I didn't believe it at first."
While Florida radio host Grant Stern tweeted: "Is Fox News staffed by fourth graders?"
What’s amazing about Fox News’ “3 Mexican Countries” SNAFU is that it exemplifies perfectly how the Far Right sees the world. Just an outrageously ignorant perspective where other people’s are interchangeable and there’s no need to consider them or their well-being.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) March 31, 2019
A staff writer for the Atlantic Edward Isaac Dovere also took a dig at President Trump's favorite network and tweeted: "So many Mexican countries to choose from."
Actor Ron Perlman wrote: "I guess we should thank God it’s only three Mexican countries. Amd not all of them. (sic)"
We love Mexico....even the hateful at times @FoxNews loves Mexico! We love Mexico so much, All countries are Mexican....but remember we are not rapist, We are people with Pride, worth ethic, We are immigrants from all over that moves America forward, We are Mexicans....💪👍🏻👊✌🏽 pic.twitter.com/oDhxm1KSsN— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) March 31, 2019