Fox News Apologizes for Airing Suicide, Local Station Cut Out Early, and Everyone Complains

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Fox News put out a statement apologizing the suicide west of Phoenix that was seen live on national TV today, chalking it up to "severe human error."

Fox News' Shepard Smith had hinted at that immediately after the channel came back from commercials, as he explained that the station went on a five-second delay as soon as the man got out of his car.

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"We created a five-second delay...so that we would see in the studio what was happening five seconds before you did, so that if anything went horribly wrong we'd be able to cut away from it without subjecting you to it and we really messed up," Smith said. "And we're all very sorry. That didn't belong on TV. We took every precaution we knew how to take to keep that from being on TV and I personally apologize to you that that happened."

On the other hand, those watching Channel 10 here in the Valley didn't see the shooting. For whatever reason, the local Fox affiliate cut away from the live video just a couple minutes before the shooting.

However, people watching a live stream of the video through the myfoxphoenix.com website did see it, and for that, they apologize.

"Today, shortly before 12pm, our website began live streaming of a police chase involving a carjacking suspect," reads the bottom of the news report on the car chase. "We apologize for offending anyone who may have witnessed this tragic event on our website."

You can read some opinions on the incident below, giving various reasons to complain about people watching this event, and these opinions range from grumpy, to whiny, to pathetic, to insane, to somewhat rational.





(That was the insane one.)






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John Westfall
John Westfall

FOX News would show their own mothers being raped if it meant better ratings. TMZ=legalized stalking and harassment.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Was a stolen car worth a car chase that put ALL at risk on the highway? The show of force seemed like over-kill. The man, not the "system" made the ultimate decision. All thats left are the lawsuits that make Arizona's attorney obscenely rich -- Arizona's 'business" model.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

The back story is what the public needs to hear. The reality is those out on parole are very much at risk for great harm. Many want to start new lives with good intentions, but there is no help. They are all "easy" target for technical violations that in Arizona sends them back to prison (at great taxpayers expense) when alternative intervention would cost less and solve the problem. This man knew he was not going back to prison, like we've heard many others say.  Until probation and parole laws are reformed, this kind of unnecessary ending will continue in Arizona -- a state out of touch. Our prayers go out to the family. The sister who knows her brother wanted to do better.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

I like the last tweet about this

 

"Fox News aired a live suicide today. They apologized to their viewers for broadcasting something that actually happened."

 

Spot on :)

 

As to the coverage itself, horrendous and a mistake.

 

This happens, we are people and all make mistakes. I have ZERO love for Fox news and they should take a few lumps for this, but it ultimately was a mistake just like everyone makes from time to time.

 

Other stations have make similar mistakes in the past, all across the country. Get over it.

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

I think Maggie owes her kids an apology for making or letting them watch Faux News in the first place. However, consider that gruesome TV news coverage of the war in Viet Nam was in large part responsible for ending that mess. Violent death is lamentable, but nobody is owed an apology for news coverage. As far as I'm concerned executions should be aired live on the air waves, too. Give the public more chances to witness the consequences of public policies.

Harper
Harper

The suicide was good to watch. I see nothing wrong with it when more violent things are aired everyday without controversy.  Anyway it is good that the black roach is off our streets permanently.

Neal Webb
Neal Webb

No, life is life, get over it already

robert_graham
robert_graham

I saw it and cheered when he killed himself.  It is just too bad that police didn't kill him first.

Trey Lawres
Trey Lawres

Real life, like Peter T.V, from family guy. The news had real life, asithappened, news, for once. Sad to see, but no apology necessary.

Wendy Pizzi
Wendy Pizzi

No. I think most people are intelligent enough to know that in that kind of situation anything could happen and it did. Why do they air the chase in the first place? People want to see what is going to happen.

Gregory Bill Jacklin
Gregory Bill Jacklin

Hell no!! That's real news... Not the rest of the fake shit they feed the masses..!!!!

Maggie Shaw
Maggie Shaw

When the news is on in our house, it is on the TV in the living room. Also in the living room are my 2 year old grandson's toys that he plays with and the table that my 8 year old granddaughter does her homework on. So YES....FOX NEWS OWED VIEWERS AN APOLOGY. At least when an adult decides to watch some idiot kill himself on a video that is clearly labeled as such...they can choose to watch it on a computer that is not in full view of ANYONE OF ANY AGE WHO HAPPENS TO BE IN THE LIVING ROOM AT THE TIME!!!!

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

this isn't even nearly as distrubing as the crash of the two news choppers here in PHX. You can actually hear the guy scream after the screen goes blank...

 

And BTW the attempt to charge the person in that car chase with 4 counts of murder due to greedy media is bullshit too.

 

Travis Potts
Travis Potts

People have gathered to watch criminals hang or be executed since the beginning of time. This was an armed robber, I applaud this derelict for doing our job for us.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I'd have been disappointed big time if I couldn't see the douchebag blow his brains out! Now does anyone know where to look for the chase itself?

Tony Vasquez
Tony Vasquez

Absolutely. I think it was a pathetic attempt at ratings, because, their newscast sucks ass. The biggest problem I have with Fox News Locally is because they give their personal assumptions and opinions to stories, like their shit don't stink. Well, Fox News- PRACTICE WHAT YOU PLASTIC FUCKS PREACH AND APOLOGIZE TO ALL 17 PEOPLE WHO WATCH YOUR 'BETTER THAN YOU' CHANNEL HERE IN PHX!

Chris Rafter
Chris Rafter

I'm not a fox fan, but if they were covering the unfolding event live and the unforeseen happened, what could they have done? They ran it live, apologized for it, them didn't run it again. I don't think they saw it coming, so I felt they were apologizing to their viewers for the unfortunate experience, not for something fox consciously did.

Susan Unmacht
Susan Unmacht

Sorry, with fox i doubt the 'error' or the 'apology' they are exploiters.

Diego Diaz
Diego Diaz

For once the media didn't sugar coat shit. Isn't that good?

Ammery Waffles
Ammery Waffles

While disturbing, the footage was not graphic. People are outraged that they aired the footage, then they're outraged that they apologized for the footage. Yet surprisingly people aren't that mad at the hundreds of sites that are re-airing this footage. Stupid.

Cindy Boo
Cindy Boo

Eh, no biggie...unfortunately the state of affairs in our culture promotes it. Common sense should also dictate that any kind of "chase" could end in ugly catastrophe but like a train wreck we continue to watch then blame. Don't blame FOX, blame life.

Gerry Valenzuela
Gerry Valenzuela

I forgive you New Times. I know the news biz is a tough racket and without some gristle and gore it's hard to create a buzz. Keep up the hard work!

Avery Marx
Avery Marx

fuck the pansies who cant handle death. what did you think the world was, full of flowers, rainbows, and sunshine? i bet you liberal softies.believe in unicorns too.

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

Diane D'Angelo: What's the story without the video? We can't and shouldn't censor news because it may be considered offensive to some. Those who wanted to watch the video could have found it (and many more horrible videos) with a simple Google search.

Gerry Valenzuela
Gerry Valenzuela

In that case, no, FOX news didn't have to apologize for airing the incident and neither does the New Times for providing the link for those with macabre tastes

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

Gerry Valenzuela: A child could be walking down that same street (or watching a gratuitously violent television program). No feigning of superior journalistic integrity here; just questioning what seems to be an obvious difference in airing the shooting live (even with a 5-second delay) and posting a link to the video that someone has to actively view, knowing full-well what they're about to see. People will always want to watch the train wreck.

Gerry Valenzuela
Gerry Valenzuela

I could be walking down the street and see the same thing on any old day. I have no problem with you posting the link but to feign superior journalistic integrity is a bit much. Is your site accessible to children? You aren't an adult only page.

Monika Woolsey
Monika Woolsey

The most successful news companies these days are the ones who get the clicks. I wish people got that and exercised impulse control when the obvious gratuitous ones are posted.

Diane D'Angelo
Diane D'Angelo

Such "is" the way of media...you and I both know it.

Diane D'Angelo
Diane D'Angelo

Here's the difference, New Times: you included the clip because you knew it would get clicked. Such it the way of media these days. Your disclaimer doesn't impress me a bit.

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

Gerry Valenzuela: What about the fact that the viewer has to actually CHOOSE to watch the video of the shooting knowing full-well that someone commits suicide in the footage? Seems like a pretty clear-cut difference between simply watching the coverage without knowing what to expect.

Gerry Valenzuela
Gerry Valenzuela

I have to agree with Diane there hardly anything different except that with FOX it was accidental and the NT is trying to be the moral arbiter while still providing the sensational footage for those with morbid curiousity

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

There's nothing wrong with showing real, un-cleansed news -  reality. This is life in Arizona folks. You need to see it. Just like the public needs to see the coffins of our soldiers arriving back in the United States. Time to stop turning a blind eye to reality in Arizona.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @Flyer9753 Arizona has zero tolerance for mistakes that ordinary people everyday. The news / media take great pleasure in rush-to-judgement stories that destroy lives. Like no presumption of innocence. So now the tables have turned on them. Fox News deserves to be on the receiving end for once.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @SeedyWard 

 

Agreed.

 

This was brought up by parts of the mainstream media recently, that the wars and the killing has been so distanced by it not being in the news, that people are desensitized to it. One of the reasons the war has gone on as long as it has.

 

Parents are responsible for looking out for their kids, not the news media. They are responsible for showing us what is going on in the world, so show us.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @SeedyWard Well said.

 

"Give the public more chances to witness the consequences of public policies."

StudleyPeckers
StudleyPeckers

@ptcgaz Ha ha, I think that was someone in the studio screaming dumbass.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @truthseekeraz 

 

Oh I agree, FOX especially.

 

Was just saying give them their lumps and move on :)

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @truthseekeraz

 

although, personally on a side note I have zero problem with fox showing this to begin with. It was news and this happened. End of story

 

But then again I think the news should be much more in people face so ppl understand the consequences of their choices. I think executions should be televised and mandatory for the media outlets to cover them when they happen in real time

 

There is way too much 'convict/try/punish' going on in this country while people turn their head and look the other way because we have made it easy for them to do so.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @truthseekeraz 

 

I agree, but I also have to remember two wrongs do not make a right and that I am not as low as FOX news so I will not act like them by beating a dead horse.

 

No pun intended and not saying the argument against fox should be over already, just saying don't make it more than it was is all.

 

As to the problems in Maricopa county and with MCSO, also agree so hopefully we can get rid of Joe this Nov and start to fix what is wrong.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @Flyer9753 They don't let anyone else "move-on" once they've been snared by the "system" in Maricopa County. The media "snares" the people for "easy" media convictions, for the prosecutors (the "system").  

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