Rachel Maddow breaks down on air reading report on ‘tender age’ shelters
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Just before wrapping her show Tuesday, June 19, 2018, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow broke down on air reading an AP report on the so-called “tender age” shelters set up for babies and toddlers taken from immigrant parents:
Rachel Maddow chokes up and cries on air as she struggles to deliver news that migrant babies and toddlers have been sent to "tender age" shelters pic.twitter.com/O6crm8cvyR
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 20, 2018
- After appearing to read the update to herself, Maddow said “this is incredible.”
- She was attempted to read the report from the AP, but broke down and asked the control room to put up a graphic, but it was apparently not available.
- She then tossed to “The Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell in Texas saying, “I’m sorry. I think I’m going to have to hand this off.”
- In the split screen, Maddow could be seen shaking her head and appeared to be eager to leave the set.
- Maddow later apologized on Twitter in a series of tweets where she also reported the story she was attempting to read on air.
- “Ugh, I’m sorry. If nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I’m on TV. What I was trying to do — when I suddenly couldn’t say/do anything — was read this lede…” she tweeted.
- “Again, I apologize for losing it there for a moment. Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile,” she wrote in the last of six tweets.
All from this Associated Press story that broke while I was on the air tonight, but which I was unable to read on the air:https://t.co/2VBLTVxvQq
Again, I apologize for losing it there for a moment. Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) June 20, 2018