After airing a live suicide Fox Television is getting a lot of criticism in the US. Although they did apologize but people who saw the video can't seem to come to terms with the network choosing to air the incident.
FOX TELEVISION reported a live suicide unintentionally. Filming a chasing car near Phoenix, it took a moment for the studio anchor Shepard Smith to realize what was happening but before they could take the camera off the man, he had already slumped to the ground face forward. The stunned viewers took to Twitter and criticized Fox Television, while some said that they could not believe that they saw a man die live on television.
The man who committed the suicide in Arizona desert was a carjacking suspect and on September 28 he was being chased by the police at a speed of up to 175 kilometres per hour for more than an hour, mostly on westbound Interstate 10. What turned ugly for Fox news was a surprise but police chasing cars are shows that actually give these television channels a good viewership, and that is the reason why they air it in America.
Although Fox Television profusely apologized after the incident but they couldn't prevent it from being aired. People on Twitter could not believe Fox's faux pas and one of the tweeple tweeted, “Still not sure how FOX accidentally broadcasted that carjackers suicide on live television today.” While a sadist wrote, “Finally something on Fox News worth watching!” There were some who offered condolenses to the family of the deceased. Although the person called himself a stoned Atheist in Twitter he wrote, “It's not every day you get to see a suicide on live television, my condolences go out to the affected family. And of course...Fox News...”
The incident brings to mind the slow car chase of footballer and actor OJ Simpson and how he was constantly talked out of a possible suicide by a police officer in the chase. Obviously this time the man was not a celebrity and no one knew him but it is unclear as to why the police did not try to get in touch with him and try to garner his motive. Whatever he did, was in a moment of sheer panic, and he could have been talked out of it.