On his MSNBC show Thursday, host Chris Hayes ran a segment about an attempted bombing which took place outside of the building housing the Colorado Springs NAACP that used images from a completely unrelated incident which occurred in France.
The FBI and ATF are investigating the incident in which a homemade explosive was placed next to a gas can outside of the Colorado Springs building which houses the NAACP office, as well as a barber shop. The explosive was on the side of the building near the barber shop, but authorities are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime targeting the NAACP.
Hayes reminded viewers that as the focus has been on the terrorist attacks in Paris, in which two Islamic jihadists murdered 12 people on Wednesday, with the alleged attack on the NAACP “we might very well might also be facing a planned attempted bombing right here at home at an office of America’s oldest civil rights organization.”
But as the website Twitchy observed, MSNBC used a completely unrelated picture in its story about the attempted bombing.
One of the pictures used in the segment shows a broken window with a man wearing protective gear standing near a gumball machine. A chyron reading “NAACP Bombing” was splashed over the image.
But Twitchy flagged the image and found that the same picture had appeared in a Daily Mail article about an incident which occurred in Lyon, France on Thursday in which individuals had set off an incendiary device outside of a kebab shop, allegedly in response to the Islamist terrorist shootings at Charlie Hebdo.
In the MSNBC segment, Hayes did state that the Colorado Springs attempt did not cause much damage, only charring the outside of the building where the device was detonated.
“At this moment, the motive for the attack is still not known, but if we are dealing with an attempted bombing aimed at the NAACP — politically motivated out of hatred — it should be clear what we’re dealing with is an attempted act of domestic terrorism,” Hayes said.
“Even as the world grapples with this week’s horrific attack in Paris, apparently motivated by extremist ideology, it is worth noting we might very well might also be facing a planned attempted bombing right here at home at an office of America’s oldest civil rights organization.”
In a press conference held Friday afternoon, an FBI official declined to speculate on a motive for the attempted bombing. He said that the device used was unsophisticated.
The FBI is also offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.