During halftime of Sunday's Heat vs. Knicks game, ABC aired footage of New York that included the Twin Towers. Footage of New York aired by ABC during Sunday’s Heat vs. Knicks game with the World Trade Centers

Update: In an email, Ben Cafardo, Senior Director, Communications at ESPN, shared ESPN’s statement: “We mistakenly used an old stock image and we apologize.”

The New York Knicks hosted the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday. During halftime, ABC ran a promotion showing Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry arriving for his team’s playoff game against the Sacramento Kings, which aired after the Heat and Knicks finished.

As ABC went to a commercial, it showed a shot of the Statue of Liberty. Only, this shot was clearly more than 20 years old.

Normally, that wouldn’t be such a big deal, if it was even noticeable. But in this case, behind the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, which collapsed shortly after planes flew into them on September 11, 2001, were clearly visible.

Yes, stock videos are often used and occasionally, there will be something in the video that dates the footage. Maybe it doesn’t show a building that has since been built or focuses on something from years ago, like an old political poster or something along those lines. In a city like New York, which hosts many events, you’d like to think that a network would try to use more up-to-date videos. But more often than not, it’s forgettable.

This was not forgettable, as was readily apparent by the reactions of people watching. And the prevailing question was, how in the world did this go unnoticed?

Is this as bad as Fox putting graphics over the 9/11 memorial? That’s a matter of opinion. But like that, it’s something that should have been noticed in quality control in the editing department.

[Khaled Abdallah, Photo Credit: ABC]

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