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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fox News Apologizes For Live Coverage of Carjacker Suicide

Fox News has apologized for its broacast of a carjacking, live car chase and ultimately, on-air suicide of the suspect. National anchor Shepard Smith explained that the network uses a five-second delay to avoid the possibility that it might broadcast just such a thing as he narrated the events unfolding to his viewers, but as he realized what the carjacking was planning, he urged, "Get off it! Get off it!" to the control room. Mr. Smith apologized profusely, saying what had just happened "did not belong on TV," but the damage was done. Fox News also apologized, calling the broadcast the result of "severe human error." Other cable networks, including CNN, did not air live coverage.

Coverage from Huffington Post, Detroit Free Press.

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