Fox Shows Car Chase Suspect’s Suicide on Live TV
September 28, 2012 - 12:44 pm
Car chases are not, generally, national news. Showing car chases almost never serves any safety purpose. Local TV and cable nets show them, though. Fox News Channel was showing one this afternoon from the Phoenix, AZ area.
The suspect drove out away from the population center and parked the Dodge Caliber that he had allegedly carjacked on a dirt road.
He got out of the car and Fox stayed with the video feed. He appeared to retrieve something from a bag and then ran erratically down the road, as if someone was chasing him. Anchor Sheppard Smith said that what he was seeing made him “nervous.”
A few seconds later, the suspect pulled a gun out and ended his life on live TV.
Fox went to break, then returned and anchor Sheppard Smith explained that Fox had put the chase on a five-second delay, but that did not prevent the live feed from going out over the air. Smith apologized to the audience and segued into the next story.
Within a few minutes, a clip of the suicide had been uploaded to YouTube and was spreading on Twitter.