August 25, 2005
Serious Faux PasThis is unbelievable. From LAT, via Kevin Drum:
For the last 2 1/2 weeks, the lives of [Randy and Ronnell Vorick] and their three children have been plunged into an unsettling routine of drivers shouting profanities, stopping to photograph their house and -- most recently -- spray-painting a slogan on their property.
And this guy is a former U.S. prosecutor?! How about calling law enforcement or Homeland Security instead of broadcasting your terrorist suspicions to millions of people on national tv?
Yes this is Fox, home of tabloid journalism and talking points reporting, but even they hit a new low with this one. When you claim on the air that people living in a certain house are terrorists and then post directions and satellite photos of that house on the internet, you cross the line from irresponsible reporting to reckless endangerment.
As of this writing, Fox and Loftus have apologized to the Voricks but not issued a retraction. I hope the Voricks got themselves a good lawyer.
And while we're at it, where's the FCC? If there's anything that deserves at a minimum, a rebuke and/or a hefty fine, this is it.
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