On Friday, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith apologized for broadcasting live footage of a car chase that ended in the driver committing suicide. Fox News had assiduously covered the chase, but the coverage took a dark turn when the driver peeled down a dirt road, got out of the car, and then held what appeared to be a gun to his head. Smith could be heard telling his producers to cut away, but it was too late. "I personally apologize to you that that happened," Smith later told viewers. "It's not time-appropriate, it's insensitive, it was just wrong and that won’t happen again on my watch." The footage was subsequently spread widely around the internet.
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