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    Fox News Apologizes After Airing Live Footage of Suicide
    By James Poniewozik | @poniewozik | September 28, 2012 |

    Fox News anchor Shepard Smith apologized to his audience this afternoon after his program inadvertently aired live video of a man killing himself.

    The channel had been airing coverage of a high-speed chase in rural Arizona, aerial cameras following the driver as he left his vehicle and ran, seemingly disoriented, into some brush. With Fox’s afternoon audience watching, the pursued man pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head. Smith yelled to the control room, too late, to cut away, and Fox abruptly cut to a commercial.

    After the break, a shaken Smith returned to the air and gave a blunt apology, saying the network had the chase on a five-second delay but had somehow failed to cut away from the horrible scene:

    We really messed up. 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. We see a lot of things that we see that we don’t get to you because it’s not time-appropriate, it’s insensitive, it’s just wrong. That was wrong. And that won’t happen again on my watch, and I’m sorry.

    Immediately after the incident, commenters on Twitter began criticizing websites like Buzzfeed and Mediaite for posting video of the on-air shooting. (Warning: links include the graphic video.) At minimum, the clip would seem to violate violates the terms of YouTube, which state, “Graphic or gratuitous violence is not allowed. If your video shows someone being physically hurt, attacked or humiliated, don’t post it. YouTube is not a shock site. Don’t post gross-out videos of accidents, dead bodies or similar things intended to shock or disgust.” [Update: as of this writing, the video is available on YouTube; whether the clip violates the site's terms or gets an exception is, obviously, YouTube's call.]

    However unsettling, the fact that a major news channel mistakenly aired live footage of a suicide is news. But that doesn’t mean you have to run the snuff video itself; if you have the means to rip a video clip from TV and embed it on your Web page, you could easily edit out the actual shooting and still show viewers the context of the broadcast and the mistake (as BuzzFeed did with one version of the video it posted).

    The bigger question here, though — and one that Fox is hardly alone in facing — is, Why televise live car chases in the first place? They’re not national news (with the extremely rare exception of something like the O.J. Simpson pursuit). They don’t tell us much of anything about anything. They’re on because they excite the audience, because anything could happen — which means, to be blunt, because somebody could die. (And let’s not forget the audience here. I wasn’t watching the chase live, but if you looked on Twitter afterward, you could easily find a record of people’s excitement in live-tweeting the chase turning to horror only after the safety net failed and they watched a man die.)

    In a sense, the usual practice with car chases like this, which is to apply a delay while airing footage that’s not newsworthy to begin with, risks making actual dangerous situations into something like a movie: you get the thrills while feeling protected from seeing anything truly terrible happen to someone. Nothing bad could really occur in front of your eyes. It’s TV! They’d never let that happen! But whether someone “lets that happen” or not, it is really happening, somewhere, to a real person, whose self-destructive behavior is being turned into ratings.

    Taking precautions to cut away from the actual moment of death is well intended. And good on Shep Smith for giving a straight-up, blunt apology to viewers. But when he says, “That won’t happen again on my watch,” there’s one good way for him, and the rest of TV news, to make sure of it: don’t use car chases as infotainment.
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    i saw a post about this on facebook. i can't imagine seeing that, especially when you aren't expecting it. guaranteed the 5 second delay got is carrying his crap out in a cardboard box tonight.
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    Sad to say but this was the realest thing they've ever reported on Fox News. :I
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    Great article Laurent

    Why televise live car chases in the first place? They’re not national news (with the extremely rare exception of something like the O.J. Simpson pursuit).
    This made me lol because I read that some people still remember what program they were trying to watch, and are still ticked off that the O.J. got in the way of.
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    *raises hand*. Investigative news programme on flesh eating bacteria.

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    Wow. If you have ever had someone close to you kill themselves in that manner, seeing it happen (in real life, fake in a film, what have you) will really fuck you up.
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    This happened in California a few years ago. Now, they always pan waaaaayyyyy back especially once the car has stopped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    This happened in California a few years ago. Now, they always pan waaaaayyyyy back especially once the car has stopped.

    Oh yeah; wasn't that the guy who blew his own head off with a sawn off shotgun (seen on Bowling for Columbine)... and several channels had interrupted childrens' programs to run the chase?
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    Just watched the video. I was shocked by how orange Shepard Smith was.

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    We had an elected official, Budd Dwyer, who blew his head off during a press conference. It was crazy.
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    In the 70's a news reporter killed herself on air during her broadcast too. Christine Chubbuck.
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    I was confused by the footage; was the video of the suicidal car-jacker playing live on peoples' televisions, but delayed inside the Fox newsroom? Because the orange news reader was saying "get off it" after dead-dude face planted.
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    Anyone remember themexican presidential candidate who got his brains blown out on tv mid campaign in the early 90s?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sluce View Post
    We had an elected official, Budd Dwyer, who blew his head off during a press conference. It was crazy.
    This is the one I remember. I didn't remember his name, but I'm pretty sure it was him.
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