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Fox News Airs Suicide Following Car Chase. Shep Smith: ‘We really messed up.. and I am sorry’
TV Newser ^ | Sept. 28, 2012 | Alex Weprin

Posted on 09/28/2012 12:58:06 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

A man committed suicide live on Fox News a few minutes ago. FNC had been carrying a car chase in the Phoenix area and when the suspect pulled over, he ran down a dirt road, then stopped, put a gun to his head, and fell to the ground. You could hear Studio B crewmembers, who were watching a live feed of what was happening, gasp and Smith say, “Get off, get off, get off,” asking the control room to cut away. But they didn’t in time.

Fox then went to a commercial break. Upon returning, Smith said, “Well I’ve got some explaining to do.”

Smith explained that after the suspect excited the car, the network went into a five second delay, but that they failed to cut away.

“We really messed up, and we are all really sorry. That didn’t belong on TV. I personally apologize to you that that happened,” Smith added “That will not happen again on my watch, and I am sorry.”

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1 posted on 09/28/2012 12:58:09 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Why is this a problem?


2 posted on 09/28/2012 12:59:57 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Stuff happens.


3 posted on 09/28/2012 1:00:10 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This has happened before: once was that horrible live suicide of a Pennsylvania state senator in the late 1980s, then in the 1990s a suicide in California after a car chase was broadcast at 3:00 pm...pre empting children’s cartoons.


4 posted on 09/28/2012 1:00:25 PM PDT by RochesterNYconservative (ROMNEY/RYAN 20121)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yeah, watched that. Somebody didn’t have their hand close enough to the big red button, apparently.


5 posted on 09/28/2012 1:00:39 PM PDT by Egon (Romney/Ryan. Because Jimmy Carter doesn't need a third term.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Someone will post it on liveleak, shortly.


6 posted on 09/28/2012 1:01:07 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Obama at the UN: The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Shepard loves car chases ,he would rather watch a car chase than vote for Obama . I saw that ,the guy put the gun to his head then fell forward ,no blood or gore


7 posted on 09/28/2012 1:01:17 PM PDT by molson209
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I was watching for a few minutes, then went to the bathroom and didn’t see the guy shoot himself, which is good. My daughter’s boyfriend is here and he told me what happened. He was watching when it happened. Just wow. Sorry for his family.


8 posted on 09/28/2012 1:01:18 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Posted twice. Mods removed this twice.

Not sure why.....


9 posted on 09/28/2012 1:01:20 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What exactly did Shep expect to happen? For him to get out of the car and play tiddlywinks? Shep is responsible for this, and should man up and resign immediately.


10 posted on 09/28/2012 1:01:50 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

5 seconds is an eternity in professional media! I’m gonna sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I’m starting to feel that the media is trying to numb us to violence. They’re going to numb us to the point that when government storm troopers are shown on TV killing innocent civilians, it’s not considering abnormal.


11 posted on 09/28/2012 1:02:00 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

You live by car chases. You die by car chases.


12 posted on 09/28/2012 1:02:10 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I watched it several times from a looping DVR feed, there was no 5 sec. delay, the cut away was from the suspect falling forward after shooting himself in the head, to 5 seconds of Shep going nuts to “cut it off”.


13 posted on 09/28/2012 1:02:22 PM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Did Shep cry?
Did his mascara run?........Fox wusses..........


14 posted on 09/28/2012 1:02:36 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Already posted on youtube


15 posted on 09/28/2012 1:03:42 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It seems the 5-second delay wasn’t working. The camera had already stayed on the guy several seconds and I had already thrown my hands up before Shep was yelling to back off. I didn’t want to see it and glad I didn’t.


16 posted on 09/28/2012 1:04:55 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia ("Together we will unite America and get this done" - Paul Ryan - August 11, 2012)
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To: MissMagnolia

It is? I can’t find it.


17 posted on 09/28/2012 1:05:05 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: Free ThinkerNY

OK, watched it live. Dude was obviously a gangster (note screen name, I know them when I see them) who had carjacked someone, shot at police, and gone on a 110 mph chase swerving through traffic. He also appeared to be stoned out of his mind as he struggled to get out of the vehichle, adjusted his backpack, and casually began to walk off not thinking the police were still coming, then began running wildly, flailing and falling on his face (although that could have been due to his “sagging” pants, again further gangster evidence”. This was a bad guy.

A much better headline would be “Foxnews shows human debris saving taxpayers several hundered thousand dollars in court and incarceration charges live on TV”

Reality. Its harsh sometimes. Fox probably should have cut away (it appeared they were trying but the delay was messed up), but honestly, its not the worst thing that could have happened.


18 posted on 09/28/2012 1:06:06 PM PDT by SoCalTransplant (Honey badger's level of concern is negligible.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

TTIUWV


19 posted on 09/28/2012 1:06:30 PM PDT by Mashood
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Sometimes we see a lot of things that we don’t let get to you – because it’s not time appropriate, it’s insensitive, and it’s just wrong. And that was wrong. And that won’t happen again on my watch and I’m sorry. We’ll update you with what happened with that guy and how that went down tonight on the Fox Report. I’m sorry."

Okay Shep, what else don't you let us see. The problem with censorship is that others make the choice for the viewer.

20 posted on 09/28/2012 1:06:29 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: RochesterNYconservative

You’re thinking of the PA State Treasurer Budd Dwyer:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._Budd_Dwyer


21 posted on 09/28/2012 1:06:53 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

No reason to show car chases to the whole country. Fox knew that inevitably one of them would end like this.


22 posted on 09/28/2012 1:07:48 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZttwwbM-AU&feature=youtu.be

23 posted on 09/28/2012 1:08:24 PM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“Hey Man, Nice Shot.”


24 posted on 09/28/2012 1:08:24 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: RochesterNYconservative
horrible live suicide of a Pennsylvania state senator in the late 1980s

It was the state treasurer, Bud Dwyer. I remember seeing it on the news. And the big news was that people called in to to ask that it be replayed. People may claim to be disgusted, but many have a morbid fascination with this type of thing.

25 posted on 09/28/2012 1:08:39 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I don’t understand why car chases should be national news anyway. Who cares, unless you are in the way of one.


26 posted on 09/28/2012 1:08:44 PM PDT by GnL
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

That’s right! Thanks for jogging my memory.


27 posted on 09/28/2012 1:09:10 PM PDT by RochesterNYconservative (ROMNEY/RYAN 20121)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifL13sOIxhY&feature=youtu.be


28 posted on 09/28/2012 1:09:33 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Maybe they’ll finally stop showing the stupid car chases. They’re not national, they’re not news, they’re not even good TV really, they fail on every level a national cable news network should care about.


29 posted on 09/28/2012 1:10:03 PM PDT by discostu (Put another dime in the jukebox.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

His picture at the moment of shooting himself was made into a t shirt as well, and worn by a lot of shock punk groups.


30 posted on 09/28/2012 1:10:20 PM PDT by RochesterNYconservative (ROMNEY/RYAN 20121)
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To: rarestia
I agree. Everything seems to conspire to desensitize each succeeding generation to violence. It has always existed, but mass media wasn't there to disseminate it globally, so that people could watch it as “entertainment” from their living rooms.
31 posted on 09/28/2012 1:10:56 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I was watching it but turned the sound off and wasb't watching because I can't stand to listen to Sheppard Smith! I think he is the dumbest reporter on FOX news!

He's as bad as Soledad!

32 posted on 09/28/2012 1:11:00 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Not quite as bad as live coverage of airliners crashing into tall buildings....


33 posted on 09/28/2012 1:11:07 PM PDT by GRANGER
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To: The_Media_never_lie

He’s not the director, he’s just the talking head, he doesn’t cut between feeds. The nameless guy that makes those live edit probably is being fired right now.


34 posted on 09/28/2012 1:12:02 PM PDT by discostu (Put another dime in the jukebox.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Another youtube..ganger..taken from police helicopter at night..dude blows his head off with a shotgun and you can see his head going every which way via infrared heat pattern..not gross. btw..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmD-yE6y5Kk

35 posted on 09/28/2012 1:12:10 PM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: GnL

——I don’t understand......-——

People watch them. Today was the big payoff, the jackpot. A wreck, death. History.


36 posted on 09/28/2012 1:12:16 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: rarestia

There is no reason to show car chases to the whole country, people are going to watch either to see a car crash, or in this case the perp blowing his brains out....no other purpose to watch them, unless you live in the vicinity.


37 posted on 09/28/2012 1:12:42 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

several


38 posted on 09/28/2012 1:13:15 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: bert
People watch them. Today was the big payoff, the jackpot. A wreck, death. History.

+1

39 posted on 09/28/2012 1:13:53 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Shep, the drama queen. This whole country is committing suicide, so what’s the big deal if one person is seen doing it.


40 posted on 09/28/2012 1:13:59 PM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: dfwgator

Filter - great song


41 posted on 09/28/2012 1:14:07 PM PDT by AmonAmarth (Wherever you go...There you are)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Before the thread gets pulled:

The guy was stumbling out of the car - clearly had a gun and began running wildly - it took several seconds - all the while Shep was repeating “I don’t have a good feeling about this”

That was when he should have cut off the live feed.


42 posted on 09/28/2012 1:15:52 PM PDT by sodpoodle
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Night after night America watches pretend slashings, shootings and bloody gore for entertainment and if that doesn't satisfy the appetite for violence there's always a couple of guys trying punch each other into unconsciousness.

So what's a little suicide from a distance?

43 posted on 09/28/2012 1:16:04 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I have no problem with a piece of human debris taking himself out of the gene pool, even if it happens on live tv. Unfortunately, he has probably procreated with several different baby mamas so his genetic crime spree will continue in a few short years.


44 posted on 09/28/2012 1:16:04 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: MissMagnolia

Huh.. That was a pretty tame suicide. You couldn’t see any brain matter or blood or anything. I don’t know why the simple Shep got so worked up about it. People at car races don’t turn away when there’s a wreck.


45 posted on 09/28/2012 1:16:47 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Free ThinkerNY

SNUFF TV! For the masses.


46 posted on 09/28/2012 1:16:47 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

BUT, it was perfectly okay for Fox, including faggot Shep, to do their best to convict George Zimmerman of murder, day after day.


47 posted on 09/28/2012 1:16:51 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Ryan and the other guy.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I just hate these pc people. He killed himself move on. Show it.


48 posted on 09/28/2012 1:17:02 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: GnL
I don’t understand why car chases should be national news anyway. Who cares, unless you are in the way of one.

Ratings. Also, 24-hour news networks need to fill 24 hours of broadcast time, and sometimes there's not 24 hours woth of news in a day. But, mostly, ratings.

49 posted on 09/28/2012 1:17:16 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: discostu

I know supposedly Fox is supposed to be not quite as left as the other networks, but as far as a being a news organization, they are a complete joke.


50 posted on 09/28/2012 1:17:46 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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