December 1, 2007

The way FOX handled the hostage crisis Friday at the Clinton campaign office was a travesty. Thanks to the The Huff Post, watch these two clips and be horrified.

Watch and listen as Carl Cameron repeatedly screams "The SWAT truck is moving!" back to Megyn Kelly in the newsroom. Don't miss Carl peering out of the vehicle, hand to forehead, trying to make out what's happening at the scene, and Megyn's statement, "This is incredible to watch!"

BraveNewFilms has a great article also:

As if being busted for being an entertainment channel masquerading as a news organization isn't humiliating enough. Now FOX has embarrassed itself once again by breaking nearly every journalistic standard imaginable in covering the hostage situation at the Hillary Clinton campaign office in Rochester, NH. And in doing so, they may just have put the public safety and law enforcement lives in jeopardy.

Cameron reported the release of the female hostage this way.

She fit's the description of your typical Clinton campaign volunteer.

What's that mean Carl?

At 5:50PM NBC and CNN reported that the suspects name which they responsibly said "they cannot confirm" was not Troy Stanely at all but one Leeland Eisenberg. At 6:16PM Leeland Eisenberg surrendered peacefully. FOX News had mistakenly identified an innocent man as a hostage taker and a paranoid schizophrenic. I wonder if Troy Stanley knows a good lawyer; does anyone remember Richard Jewell and the Atlanta Olympics?

An addendum to this story. CNN revealed afterwards that the suspect Leeland Eisenberg and a hostage had called CNN hours before, in the middle of the crisis. As responsible journalists they made the decision not to air anything. It's too bad that FOX didn't adhere to the same professional standards and decided to put lives in jeopardy by racing to be first on the air with information that turned out to be wrong.

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