For a second time, a major TV news outlet has made an error when referring to President Donald Trump’s administration’s White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah.
MSNBC, while host Chris Hayes was speaking of the White House deputy press secretary, posted an image of Shah.
The only problem was that the Shah posted over Hayes’ shoulder was that of Rajiv Shah, former President Barack Obama administration official.
This is not the first time a major network put a photo of Rajiv Shah on the screen while speaking of Raj Shah.
In December, CNN, which long has held the ire of Trump for reporting “fake news,” also posted a photo of Rajiv Shah when speaking of Raj Shah (see India-West article here).
The CNN gaffe led to White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders lashing out on Twitter.
“@CNN this is definitely not @RajShah45 but it is #FakeNews,” Sanders tweeted alongside a screenshot of CNN displaying the wrong Shah at the time.
Rajiv Shah was appointed the head of the United States Agency for International Development by Obama in 2009, a post which he held until 2015. Currently, he is heading the Rockefeller Foundation (see India-West story here). Shah is the youngest and first ever Indian American to serve as president of the foundation.
Deputy press secretary Raj Shah recently created history when he gaggled with reporters on board presidential chopper Air Force One, becoming the first Indian American to enjoy the privilege.
Previously, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley listed Shah among the top Indian American performers working under the Trump administration.
IANS adds from Washington: Shah became the first Indian American to address a media briefing at the White House Feb. 8 following the resignation of staff secretary Rob Porter over domestic abuse allegations. He was bombarded by questions on the White House adviser's sudden exit, the U.S. media reported.
He was filling in the shoes of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders who is away on a vacation. Ahead of his briefing, Sanders took to Twitter and described Shah as “one of the best and the brightest in the Trump administration.”
The press briefing came on the heels of stories revealing Shah's scathing remarks about Trump's candidacy in 2016 emails with his colleagues.
The New Yorker magazine earlier in the week reported messages showing Shah calling the release of the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape, as “some justice,” a dig at Trump.
The tape, uncovered during the 2016 campaign, included an audio of Trump in 2005 bragging about being able to grope women due to his celebrity status.