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If you were watching Fox News as Judge Thokozile Masipa read the verdict live from South Africa last night, for a few minutes you might have though Oscar The Blade Runner Pistorius got off with no jail time.
I may be the only one who caught this, but I’m just as sure about it as I was when Red Eye reported about a survey two weeks ago that shows unattractive candidates might be at as much as a seven percent disadvantage over the more attractive, a note that sparked my controversial Kuster/Garcia blog.
In fact, it was while watching Red Eye last night (at 3:30 a.m.) that I was switched to South Africa for the hour-long reading of the verdict, not exactly thrilling middle of the night TV but I was fascinated by it.
At around 4:20 a.m., the judge was alluding to other cases the defense had asked her to consider in sentencing. She read verbatim that the accused in one of the cases was given a suspended sentence, and within moments, whoever was in charge of graphics at Fox News had typed out a chyron (one of those notes at the bottom of the screen) that Pistorius had received a suspended sentence.
I was wide enough awake to say to myself, “What are they (Fox News) talking about. The judge is reading from another case. How stupid can these people be?”
Sure enough, I switched over to MSNBC and there was no such graphic. (Apparently CNN is feuding with the Dish—I’m one of 14 million subscribers—and while CNN channels, like HLN, are off the Dish, we’re getting MSNBC instead, a market improvement in my opinion—I long ago gave up on HLN and Nancy disgrace).
Anyway, I switched back to Fox to see how long the erroneous chyron would remain up.
It was only a few minutes, but I was left wondering how a major network could get it so wrong.
This was not the first time Fox has embarrassed itself, and I’m not talking about its extreme right wing unfair and unbalanced bias.
A year or so ago, I was watching Shep Smith in the afternoon; he was covering one of those car chases when all of a sudden, the driver got out of the car and blew his brains out live on TV coast to coast. So much for the seven second delay.
At least, Shep had the good grace to apologize. Wanna bet that no one of Fox deems an apology necessary for it 4:20 a.m. blunder last night?
In fact, I’m wondering if any other media will pick up on it.
As for the verdict, Judge Masipa seemed to be covering all the bases, tempering the need for mercy and rehabilitation with the need to send a message that such murders cannot be tolerated.
She had the option of zero to 15 years prison time and settled on five; I thought something in the seven to ten year range seemed appropriate, but hey, I’m not South African and should avoid bringing an American bias to the story.
MSNBC, heads and shoulders better than Fox (and I’m a conservative) reported that the prosecution would appeal the sentence if it came down at less than ten years, certainly not the kind of thing that could happen in America, but I repeat, we must avoid looking at this through American eyes.
The real story is that Fox News once again proved totally incompetent in covering a major event.
The 'Blade Runner' has been sentenced to five years in prison for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.