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What is the FOX policy on showing dead bodies?

Reported by Chrish - September 26, 2005

Dan Springer reported from Beaumont TX today 9/27/05 on Special Report about 5 hurricane-related deaths there. Two adults and three children died, apparently of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator in their powerless home.

As Springer gave his report from another location footage was shown for an excuciating 20 seconds of police and ambulance workers struggling to get a covered corpse into the ambulance outside the home. As they jostled the body all I could think was, what if someone recognizes the apartment building?

Comment: A lot has been said on Fox about the appropriateness of not showing flag-draped coffins as the war dead are returned from overseas, ostensibly out of respect and to protect the privacy of the grieving families. As far as I know they have obeyed the Pentagon order banning such photographs, and even do their part to obfuscate the total death toll in Iraq. It is inconsistent to show the removal of bodies from a home, where it is quite possible and even probable that someone will learn of this tragedy from this broadcast.

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