Fox News: Black deaths, stock market graphic was insensitive

Bret Baier
Posted at 6:39 PM, Jun 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-06 18:39:04-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox News is apologizing for how it displayed a chart comparing the stock market to the aftermath of controversial black deaths. In a statement Saturday, Fox said context was needed for the graphic that aired Friday to illustrate market reactions to periods of civil unrest.

Fox said it was sorry for what it called “the insensitivity of the image.” The statement followed a sharp backlash to the graphic that was shown on “Special Report with Bret Baier."

The chart that aired on Fox News compared S&P 500 gains in the periods that followed the killings of Martin Luther King Jr., Missouri teenager Michael Brown, and George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Later Saturday, on Fox’s “America’s News HQ” telecast, anchor and senior correspondent Eric Shawn said the graphic should not have been used.

“Last night, Fox News Channel aired an infographic attempting to show the stock market on occasion gained ground in the midst of turmoil, civil unrest and even tragedy,” Shawn said. “In trying to make that point, the program ‘Special Report’ failed to explain the context of the times we are living in and should not have used that graphic.”