Shepard Smith Apologizes after FOX News Airs Car Chase that Ends in Suicide

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A car chase in Phoenix, Ariz. today ended in a suspected carjacker committing suicide, and FOX News aired it live despite its five-second tape delay.

Mediaite reports that FOX had been tracking the chase since 3:00pm ET. The car had apparently been speeding at “110 mph on an Arizona freeway and then on a dirt road west of Tonopah,” according to the website. Then the suspected carjacker pulled over in the desert, got out of the car and seemed to wander erratically before stepping into a grassy area and shooting himself in the head.

FOX anchor Shepard Smith can be heard shouting “get off it, get off it, get off it” immediately before the station cut to commercial. When the show returned, he apologized to viewers. “We really messed up,”he 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.”

BuzzFeed and Mediaite clipped the graphic scene and immediately posted it on their websites and on Twitter, a decision that some quickly criticized:

TIME’s Jim Poniewozik has more on the airing, the apology and the debate here.

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Talendria
Talendria

Fox disgusts me.  Anyone who watches it is debased by the experience.

scallywag
scallywag

Never mind it's just a mild indiscretion in the pursuit of excellence in journalism....

Isn’t it time you aimed for a career as a tabloid junk journalist too? Fox always knows best...

http://scallywagandvagabond.co... 

Theresa Small Smith
Theresa Small Smith

He became emotional obviously and that is human nature, every person that is reported a suspect is not,,,now they are being pulled over for anything gestapo decides...even children in communities riding their toy cars...

Peter Palfrei
Peter Palfrei

And watching how people get dismembered, decapitated and shot at on films is fine?

Fiction or not, it happens on the other side of the screen so it is more or less as real as the actual stuff for mostly everyone.

The suspension of disbelief applies on watching the news too.

paintball25x
paintball25x

Thats fine with me, save us taxpayers some money now that hes dead