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    Associated Press Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:37 PM

    A woman sued Fox News Network for airing live footage last fall of a carjacking suspect in a police chase committing suicide in the Arizona desert and not using a time delay that would have prevented the death from being broadcast on national television.

    The lawsuit alleges the children of 33-year-old suspect JoDon Romero have suffered emotional distress from having seen the video of their father fatally shooting himself on Sept. 28 at the end of an 80-mile car chase.

    The lawsuit seeking unspecified damages was filed June 6 in county court in metro Phoenix by Angela Rodriguez, the mother of Romero’s three sons, ages 15, 13 and 9. It was also filed against Fox Entertainment Group Inc. and Fox’s parent company, News Corp.

    The network issued a statement saying it couldn’t comment because of the pending litigation.

    Fox News was covering the chase using a live helicopter shot from Phoenix affiliate KSAZ-TV. Anchor Shepard Smith told viewers that the video was supposed to be on a delay so it could be cut off if something went awry and that the footage didn’t belong on TV and apologized for it. “Get off it,” Smith said repeatedly immediately after the suicide was aired.

    The lawsuit said the Phoenix affiliate succeeded in using its time delay.

    The chase began in Phoenix when police say Romero had a minor incident in which he apparently hit a passing car with his hand, leading to a call to police. As officers were heading to the scene, police say Romero stole a car at gunpoint and police began an hour-long pursuit on an interstate west of Phoenix. Authorities say Romero opened fire and eventually drove off into the desert, got out of the car, began walking down a dirt road and eventually killed himself.

    The lawsuit said a rumor at the school of Romero’s sons had generated buzz among students about a televised suicide, so the two older boys went home and viewed the footage on YouTube. “As they watched, they realized in horror that they were watching their father,” Rodriguez’s attorney, Joel Robbins, said in the lawsuit.

    The lawsuit said Romero’s two oldest boys haven’t returned to school since seeing the video and have suffered emotional distress, including experiencing flashbacks.

    Romero’s youngest son hasn’t been fully evaluated but has still experienced considerable emotional distress, the lawsuit said.
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    As much as I hate Fox News, I don't see how they're in the wrong here. From what I remember, they did cut away from it pretty fast. It's not as if it was pre-recorded and then put the video on a loop over and over.

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    This is a tough one. I feel for the kids who witnessed their dad offing himself on TV. Fox should have never let the footage go for as long as it did. Someone just feel asleep at the wheel. But like you, I don't know how they are held accountable beyond just being stupid at the time.
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    wait a second, their father commmitted suicide and they are suing the tv station for emotional distress? Isn't, I don't know, their father the one to blame here?


    The network should be fined up the ass by the FCC (or whoever handles that stuff) but a law from the family is just silly. Are the kids messed up now? Yeah probably. Blame daddy.

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    Who let his kids watch it? It was a school day and took place from about 11am to 12:30 when he offed himself. If the kids looked it up on line themselves after the fact they have nobody to blame but themselves for watching it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amish Van Halen View Post
    This is a tough one. I feel for the kids who witnessed their dad offing himself on TV. Fox should have never let the footage go for as long as it did. Someone just feel asleep at the wheel. But like you, I don't know how they are held accountable beyond just being stupid at the time.

    This will be somewhat interesting to watch.

    The concept of FOX NEWS being succesfully sued for being stupid, asleep at a switch, innaccurate and thoughtless on any level is intriguing to me because they are consistently all of the above.

    Imagine the precedent set if this suit is succesful, FOX would face a new lawsuit everyday.

    I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke View Post
    This will be somewhat interesting to watch.

    The concept of FOX NEWS being succesfully sued for being stupid, asleep at a switch, innaccurate and thoughtless on any level is intriguing to me because they are consistently all of the above.

    Imagine the precedent set if this suit is succesful, FOX would face a new lawsuit everyday.

    I like it.
    So would MSNBC, although they also slander a lot.

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    I have plenty of reasons to despise Fox. This ain't one of them. Toss this stupid ass lawsuit out and let's move on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sickman View Post
    So would MSNBC, although they also slander a lot.
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    Here's the big question we all ought to be asking: Why is a car chase news?

    If people (all of us here included) were half as interested in the actions of our local school boards and city councils as we are with car chases and celebrity news, we'd be much better off.

    These small government bodies are the ones deciding whether and when to fix your roads, raise your taxes, extend your kid's school year, etc. This affects you day in and day out. Yet I'd guess most of us couldn't name one person sitting on the local county commission (you know - the people who regulate the taxes you pay on utilities).

    Priorities are backwards.

 

 

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