San Diego Fox News 5 used a picture of President Obama with the caption reading NO CHARGES while head anchorwoman Kathleen Bade was discussing a rape suspect.
Although it was up there the entire time during her lead-in, assignment editor Mike Wille said it was just a mistake. Since they knew it was a mistake, (and left it up there the whole time), why didn't they at least offer a correction or apologize?
Asked why there was no on-air acknowledgment or apology for the error, Wille said: “They really don’t do that when it’s a small thing like that.”Nice. Putting up a photo of a different person while talking about a rape suspect is no big deal.
But then again, this is not surprising when you have leading stories like THIS ONE at that station.
Here's a partial transcript. It focused on a rally with ten people in attendance:
Anchor: A rally against Obama on an I-5 overpass draws quite a crowd. Protestors were welcome to speak out against Obama, but also to voice concerns against gun control, war, and Benghazi. They ask people to come out no matter what their reason to ask Congress to impeach Obama and remove him from office.The reporter then spoke to a birther questioning his eligibility and the anchor ended by telling everyone to show up at their next protest.
I guess equating Obama as a rape suspect was just the next logical step. Mike Wille also justified not offering a correction because he said he received no calls about the Obama picture.
OK, let's make sure the station gets at least a few calls:
Contact Fox 5Don't waste your time complaining on their facebook. They take them down pretty quickly. Several are saying it would be more effective to file a complaint with the FCC:
FOX 5 Phone: 858-492-9269
FOX 5 Fax: 858-268-0401
- File a Complaint Online here
- By phone: 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322); TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322)UPDATE: Well, the campaign worked! Fox said they would offer a correction tonight. All it took was a couple hundred calls and emails to say maybe they should at least acknowledge their mistake of calling our president a local rapist.