MEDIA
07/10/2014 08:04 pm ET | Updated Jul 10, 2014

Diane Sawyer Apologizes To Viewers For Misrepresenting Palestinian Victims As Israelis

Diane Sawyer apologized to her viewers on Thursday for an error she made about the current violence in Palestine and Israel on her Tuesday show.

When introducing a segment about the conflict, Sawyer had misidentified the people in two photos, saying they were Israelis dealing with the aftermath of a Hamas strike. In fact, they were Palestinians reeling from the aftermath of an Israeli strike.

The error was widely criticized, and held up by some as evidence of a false balance in much of the coverage of the violence in the region, which has left over 80 Palestinians dead but has yet to cause any Israeli casualties.

"We made a mistake," Sawyer told viewers. "I misidentified these powerful images...we are truly sorry for the error."

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