Regular readers of this blog know that I am not a fan of the Fox News Channel, the network that proclaims itself to be “fair and balanced … and unafraid.”
I’ve determined that a news organization that must declare it is “fair and balanced” usually is neither.
But the other day, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith did something quite commendable.
He manned up and said the network erred in a report from Baltimore about an alleged shooting of a man by police.
The field reporter said he saw an officer shoot a man. The police department issued a statement that said the incident didn’t happen. The field reporter, Mike Tobin, thought he saw what he reported.
In the words of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Oops.
Smith then went on the air to say the network messed up. It gave incorrect information and broadcast it to its audience.
There’s been some chatter out there about the incident and whether Fox is prone to reporting such errors regularly. I don’t know the answer to that.
One can quibble with how a network — be it Fox, CNN, MSNBC or any of the broadcast networks — spin their coverage, depending on your point of view and your own bias.
But when a network misreports something that it says actually happened, then takes it back, well, that’s part of taking responsibility.
We’re all human. And humans make mistakes.
Fox News’s correspondent made one. The network apologized for it.
I accept the apology.