Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live is apparently so uncanny that some people can’t tell the difference. It allegedly fooled the editors of El Nacional, a newspaper in the Dominican Republic, which ran Baldwin’s photograph instead of Trump’s in a news story in its Feb. 10 edition.
El Nacional promised a correction on Feb. 12. iMediaEthics has contacted El Nacional for further comment and tweeted President Trump.
According to NBC News, the incorrect photo was used with a story on U.S.-Israeli relations. “Baldwin’s picture appeared next to one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a story about Israel allowing more settlers into lands disputed by Palestine,” NBC News reported.
In a correction on its website, the newspaper said (according to a Google Translate):
“El Nacional published on Friday as Donald Trump a picture of actor Alec Baldwin, who imitates on a television program the president of the United States.
— ElNacional (@ElNacional_RD) February 11, 2017
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“The picture was sent that day by Associated Press (AP) with the name of the actor and reported on the program, but was placed as if it were Trump’s, a situation that went unnoticed for all who reviewed page 19.
“El Nacional apologizes to the readers and all those who felt affected by the publication.”
— Lisa Permar (@lisa_permar) February 10, 2017