The folks over at FoxNews are in deep isht after a live fugitive chase that was being broadcast nationwide took a turn for the worst when the fleeting man fatally shot himself in the head while the cameras were rolling.
via Huffington Post
Authorities still haven’t released the identity of a man who fatally shot himself in the head on live national television at the end of a high-speed carjacking chase that began in Phoenix and ended close to the California border.
Fox News was covering the chase that began about midday Friday using a live helicopter shot from Phoenix affiliate KSAZ-TV. The man driving a copper-colored four-door sedan stopped, ran into the desert and placed a handgun to his head and fired.
Phoenix police spokesperson Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the man allegedly stole a car from a couple at gunpoint outside a Phoenix restaurant just before 11 a.m. MST.
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith told viewers that the video was supposed to be on a 10-second delay so it could be cut off from airing if something went awry. Smith was narrating the video and clearly had his doubts about what was being shown from the moment the man stopped the car. “This scares me,” he said.
“You wait for the end of these things and you worry about how they may end up,” he said. “This makes me a little nervous, I got to tell you. A little nervous.”
After the man shot himself, Fox’s picture quickly cut to Smith, who was shouting “get off, get off, get off, get off.”
Smith apologized repeatedly following the commercial break.
“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,” he said.
“We really messed up, and we’re all very sorry,” Smith said.
Wow. The risks of airing live coverage are always high.
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