CNBC Shows Completely Different Person For Photo of Andrew Yang on Graphic of 2020 Presidential Candidates

CNBC apologized Monday after Squawk Alley producers said they accidentally broadcast the wrong person's photograph in place of Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang's face. They also placed the head of New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand over congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's name.

Squawk Alley ran a segment Monday morning on the popular tech show highlighting Senator Bernie Sanders pulling in more fourth-quarter fundraising cash than any other 2020 Democratic candidates. But the CNBC producers created a graphic which placed Redpoint Ventures founding partner Geoff Yang over the face of lawyer-turned-businessman Andrew Yang, prompting his supporters to again accuse the network of ignoring or purposely downplaying his campaign.

Additionally, the same graphic put Gillibrand's face over that of Gabbard's - another candidate whose supporters routinely accuse the "mainstream media" of intentional blackouts. Gillibrand dropped out of the presidential primary race in August.

"I see Andrew Yang every day, and I can't remember him ever looking like this," remarked Erick Sanchez, a Yang campaign press secretary, in a Monday tweet.

CNBC removed the initial video from YouTube and replaced it with the post-commercial break segment showing the correct photos of Yang and Gabbard on the graphic.

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"Now, unfortunately, on this network we accidentally aired the wrong photos for both Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard. And we apologize for that mistake," Squawk Alley host Jon Fortt explained Monday.

"This actually just happened. This is not fake. Click the link to confirm for yourself. CNBC screwed up the photos for both @AndrewYang and @TulsiGabbard in their reporting of Q4 fundraising totals," wrote Scott Santens, a pro-Yang writer who first flagged the error Monday morning.

Santens and other Yang supporters have succeeded in sparking the "Yang Media Blackout" hashtag to trend on several occasions over the past year. In November, Yang demanded an apology from CNBC's sister network MSNBC, ironically accusing them of not showing his data on fundraising graphics. In August, CNN drew the ire of the so-called "Yang Gang" for omitting his image from a graphic. Gabbard's campaign has also accused the "mainstream media" and Democratic National Committee of proactively ignoring her campaign and 2020 platform.

Yang himself complained in November that MSNBC was ignoring his hundreds of thousands of supporters and donors because "when they tune into MSNBC to see how we're doing in the polls, it's like I don't exist."

Dozens of Yang supporters immediately swooped in on CNBC's error Monday, despite the quick apology and correction issued by the show's co-host.

"In a major step forward, CNBC has finally started including Yang and Gabbard in their on-air graphics," quipped the popular @MSDNCNews parody account.

"Can confirm this is not @AndrewYang. Nor is @TulsiGabbard the same person as @SenGillibrand," added CBS News' Ben Mitchell.

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Andrew Yang supporters accused CNBC of another "#YangMediaBlackout" Monday after the news network posted a 2020 candidate graphic showing a completely different person in his place. Screenshot: CNBC | YouTube
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