The Rev. Al Sharpton brutally botched a Twitter tribute to the late journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts by misspelling her name as “Cookie.”
“Saddened to hear of the passing of legendary journalist Cookie Roberts. Here is a Easter Sunday special we did in 2011. May she Rest in Peace”, Sharpton said in a since-deleted Tuesday tweet.
The mangled memorial included a link to a video of a roundtable discussion about “God and Government” on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday show.
But Sharpton added insult to injury by posting several images that showed journalist Christiane Amanpour — who hosted the show — instead of Roberts.
Roberts, a three-time Emmy winner who was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress in 2008, died of complications from breast cancer Tuesday. She was 75.
Sharpton replaced the tweet with a corrected version, but not before a screenshot of the original was tweeted by Justin Baragona, publisher and editor of the Contemptor website.
Baragona’s post prompted heaps of scorn toward Sharpton, including from commenters who recalled another spelling blunder last year when he blasted President Trump for calling turncoat former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog.”
“So in the words of my late friend Aretha Franklin, show some R-E-S-P-I-C-T,” Sharpton said on his MSNBC show “PoliticsNation.”
On Wednesday, Sharpton blamed Tuesday’s social media fail on an unidentified employee who runs his Twitter account.
“I don’t do that. It’s done from the office,” he told The Post.
“When I saw it, I called in, and they corrected it.”
The culprit said “their finger stuck on the ‘o,’” he added.
“I am absolutely sorry that the person made the mistake, and they corrected the mistake,” Sharpton said.
“I have a lot of respect for Cokie.”
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