Fox News devoted a fair amount of time this afternoon to broadcasting live footage of a car chase in the Arizona desert. At one point, Fox anchor Shepard Smith expressed dismay with a director’s decision to cut away in mid-chase from the Dodge car speeding down a highway. “If it were up to me, we’d stay with this,” he told his viewers. (Snip) I looked away, but Twitter described to me what had happened: @ProducerMatthew: FOX News goes into commercial after car chase suspect shoots himself on television. “Here I am a person with Native American heritage, and these people were treating me like a TV character,
Comments: I saw this as it happened. I also believe that it shouldn't have been televised, but if Erik "Wimple" would have had the fortitude not to avert his lady-like eyes, he'd have seen that it wasn't real graphic. It was from a distance. The guy put something to his head then fell down. I've seen the guy in Vietnam getting shot in the head dozens of times on TV and this wasn't even close.
I'm tired of people in news, entertainment, politics whatever, thinking they have the right or obligation to "protect" the public from reality. Get over yourselves, you have neither the intelligence nor the ability to decide what's good or bad. It is what it is, & Shep nor anyone else has the right to decide what you or I can or cannot see or be aware of. If it exists it is real & part of life. Coddled people are weak people, which is probably the end results they are trying to achieve.
I tell myself that filming car chases are dumb but I get hooked and watch them anyway - if a network thinks they should filter the news then put it on a delay. The self rightgsness "reporting" from the dreadful competoitors will be laughable.
The live suicide is WHY Little Shep followed this suspect - the odds are during difficult times desparate people will do desparate things. If Little "Sky is falling" Shep cannot handle it - he shouldn't broadcast these car chases.
Why does Fox News spend so much tie with garbage like car chases and missing toddlers. They are important to (or tragic for) the families involved but why signal to me that I should know about them, especially when our country is on the brink? Fox must have two audiences: people who care about the state of the country, and morons.
Yo...yo....What is the little girly boy Shep yapping about? Some jerk decides to kill himself and Shep is lamenting the truthful coverage on TV? Get the girly boy off TV!! He can't be trusted to let the truth come out!!!
I also saw this. What occurred to me was that it was so much less ''real'' than most tv programming or video games. And particularly movies. I agree - we're all desensitized. However the distance involved really kept the viewer somewhat protected from the presumed gore. I saw the man's arm raise something to his head and he fell over. To be honest, it looked somewhat like the boys across the street playing army.
Shep went into a paroxysm of apology. I guess he had to - considering what the suits and the other nets would say. I'll bet there was hell to pay after Shep got off the air at 4. He probably screamed for an hour.
Sounds like it's time to bring back the bear and the trampoline...
I saw it also. Big honk. The guy endangered everyone's lives on I-10 doing 110 mph. When he got out of the car, he was completely disoriented...which happens when you stop a car after an hour doing 110 mph on I-10. When he raised the gun to his head I thought, whoops! Shep's gonna wet his frillies. I also thought here's a guy who did a final service to the taxpayers by unburdening them through years of useless incarceration.
Way too much sanctimonious analyzing from Shep. It's the ratings game and ratings are usually driven by the lowest common denominator. Whether it's car chases, O'Reilly's rants, or Hannity's choice of left-wing nut bags to spout outrageous and racial lies, it's all the same. All the major network and cable news shows have been Springerized. In fact, the whole nation has. This election is between the ones who can't get enough and the ones who already have.
I saw this live. The guy wandering around transitioned to shooting himself pretty quick. The professional monitoring on the feed was in place, but the guy was too quick. Sometimes Shep bugs me a little, but this time he did all the right things with the right attitude, including his cut-away shouts, his facial expression of disgust and disappointment, and his apology after the break. It was NOT gratuitous and it wasn't sensationalistic. I expect they will go from a five- to a seven-second delay.
I also saw it, I also don't know why Shep apologized. Some idiot causes mayhem, puts many peoples lives in danger and then shoots himself in the head. Sounds like a cleaning up of the gene pool. Shep didn't need to apologize, it was the decision of the guy.
What is the comment about being a Native American??? Where did it come from. I didn't see it in the article: "Here I am a person with Native American heritage, and these people were treating me like a TV character"
Was this put on there by accident? Also, what does it have to do with anything??
I don't see anything wrong with showing a guy shooting himself in the head at a far distance. It wasn't graphic. I used to see a lot worse things during the Vietnam War on TV! People are so overly sheltered in some ways and not sheltered enough (from sex, epithets and excessivly graphic, gratuitious violence) in others. What a stupid twisted society we live in today.
Did they know the guy was going to shoot himself before he did? How could they not televise it when they were televising the whole event? This is about as bizarre an attack on Fox News as I've seen. And why is FNN apologizing?
#17, I don't know what that is either. I didn't include it in my post and it wasn't there for several minutes after I posted. My guess is staff tried to add more copy to my post b/c it was too light and picked from the wrong source. I emailed requesting for a correction.
The CMA show tonight was great fun. It started with “Obamacare By Morning,” as Scott noted a little while ago. (And, by the way, if you don’t know George Strait’s Amarillo By Morning you are missing out, here it is.) Throughout the show, various wags tweeted under the hashtag #obamacountrysongs. Lots of them were pretty funny. Here are some samples that barely scratch the surface: * I Walk the Lie * Coward of the Country * I Used To Be a Coal Miner’s Daughter, But Daddy’s Unemployed * Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Democrats * Thank Allah I’m a Commie Boy * Benghazi’s
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