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    Yes of course it was preventable...After all that's what the 5 second broadcasting delay is in place to help prevent...But what do you expect?...Its "Fox"? They represent a lot of people who don't value human life much anyway......As long as its no longer a fetus...They don't have much regard for anyone.....
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    KNBC and KCBS did the same thing in 1998 during the childrens afternoon cartoon time. Do you feel the same about them of just FOX?
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    Mountain out of a mole hill. It's life. People are crazy. And it' s captured live. Or you can continue to keep your head buried in the sand. Media gives you that option. CNN is the other option!
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    Maybe, mane it was human error. While the act of suicide is a tragedy our public area 12 violents death every evening watch prime tome shows. Double that if they take on a weekend Saw-type graphic horror film. While those scenes are simulations they mimic reality so well we dont know the difference visually.

    My point is this: the airing is tragic and the outcry should be no televising car chases. But the above incident is hardly traumatizing.
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    I watched a show once and it had an up close and personal view of a man commiting suicide inside his pick up truck.
    How can anyone know what a suspect will do. The other day I got an e-mail that showed a man holding an older woman hostage in front of him. They had been in a stand off with police--well he had and she was a victim. Anyway, a police sniper got a clear shot and you could see his left eyeball fly out of his head when he was shot in the left eye.
    Guess I'm not as squeamish as others.

    I agree with those who think it's a waste to constantly stay on a car chase. People were lining the streets last week or the one before when some bank robbers were running in a nice vehicle and at times would throw money out the windows. It was money they'd just gotten robbing a bank or two, hence the chase. They get boring in no time.
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    So they apologize for showing the truth, no matter how brutal it was, but falsifying news stories is still ok. Glad they have their priorities straight.
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    There is no way anyone could have known what was coming. No way at all. The bickering and finger pointing in this thread are beyond childish. Y'all need to grow up.
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    That ladies and gentleman is why Fox News is #1. It full of tasteless, overstated, overrated drivel that you will not find anywhere else on real news stations. Fox is the bad car wreck that no conservative can turn away from!! Fox gives them their opinion everyday and tells them what to be "mad" at each and every waking hour. Without Fox News the conservatives would be lost in a world of happy that they hate soooo much. Thank you Fox News for giving our poor and sadly sad conservatives something to live for.
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    I don't watch Fox News (I only have basic cable), but it's funny to me how many left-leaning people constantly belittle them. It's no secret that the other networks have had liberal views for decades. Finally someone else comes along with an opposing view and people get their underwear in a knot. That speaks volumes.
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    @TeamAmerica what speaks volumes is that you or anyone would stick up for such a vile and pathetic news program as Fox. I left the news part off on for a reason. It isn't news!! They have a following of scared and frightened people and they tell them what they want to hear. I suppose that when things change it scary and people have to blame something for it all. So Fox tells them who to hate. I was a Republican for years, but this pitiful representation of it today is sickening. Fox is the fairy tale that lets them cling to what is comfortable and change is not what their comfortable with. Come back when your worried about something other than yourself and your small meaningless piece of the pie. Sleep well.
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    @VCP Wow, talk about vile and hateful. I just said I don't watch Fox News, so why would I be defending them? Your hate is clouding your comprehension. Anywho, what do you know about me that would make you think I am only worried about myself? Oh well, in time you'll learn and I'll be sleeping very well...as usual.
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    Awww, who cares if they show a suicide, or a boob, or a bad word. If it offends you, start watching a different channel.
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    Lpguy, amen to that! All TV remotes have a "power" button so you can turn it off, and most have several methods of allowing you to change the channel. Censorship is wrong. Period.
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    Please stop covering car chases & famous Hollywood types behaving badly. There are so many life changing events happening in the USA & around the world- this is what I hope to see when I watch FOX.
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    The first actual death I saw on television was about 20 years ago on ABC. It was a member of the L.A. bomb squad leaning over a barrel into which a pipe bomb had been placed. The bomb went off and the officer went flying up and backward, dead instantly. I think this may have been the incident that prompted the 5-second delay rule by the FCC.

    Preventable? Probably, but even though I abhor Fox News, I think we should take their apologies at face value.

    I agree with the reporter who says the real problem is that the so-called "news" airs these chases at all, and that we watch them primarily so that we'll perhaps see this very sort of thing and can then tell our friends and acquantances "Hey, I was watching when that guy offed himself." We, the people, are the real problem here.
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    We are so used to being censored out of reality of life that people don't know how to handle the truth. We can watch "reality tv" as long as it's nudity, sex, drinking, fighting, etc. etc. But when a "news" station shows real reality people want to scream foul. It is what it is, stop acting like we live in a perfect society, I for one welcome honest news coverage, show it all, the truth, the ugly, hard, disturbing truth.
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    As said this was preventable easily so. Ratings and publicity. This just shows how low the media will go to sensationalise there output. However the real perpetrators are US because in an age of big brother type television Andy Warhol and his fifteen minutes of fame has become so real. If there was no audience for this type of sensationalism then there would be no television. So chicken egg situation but i think that we are to blame with our never ending more sensationalism attitude.
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    I happened to be watching that incident. It was as if we (the audience) was viewing the live feed while Smith was getting the delayed feed. The guy put the gun to his head and Smith started yelling, "GET OFF, GET OFF, GET OFF". It was as is he was telling the others to cut the feed. Seemed like the feed was reversed though. It was weird.
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    This story reminds me of Ray Bradbury's fahrenheit 451 story. At the end the main guy is getting chased by a spy plane, and the wrong guy gets shot down. But is the death of this man on live TV, more advanced or less than Bradbury's tale?
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    Yes it was a preventable mistake. But, the almighty dollar is again the ruling factor.
    Car chases sell, people want to see them because accidents can happen and people might die. So in order to please the sponsors and keep people glued, News organizations show this sort of thing.
    Its why those shows that show accident videos are so popular and reality (garbage) TV sells, people love watching chaos.
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    I really don't see what the big deal is. If you're going to be traumatized by seeing someone die on TV, don't watch a live car chase where that's always a possibility. In fact, maybe if young people saw the fatal consequences of stupid acts more often on TV, they'd be less likely to repeat them.

    I certainly think Fox News sinks to sensationalism and tabloid journalism just as the other networks do, but that problem goes deeper and far beyond this one case.
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