Fox News Exec Told Producers Not to Talk About Sandy Hook

This is both horrendous and smart:

According to sources, David Clark, the executive producer in charge of Fox’s weekend coverage, gave producers instructions not to talk about gun-control policy on air… The directive created a rift inside the network… During the weekend, one frustrated producer went around Clark to lobby Michael Clemente, Fox’s executive vice-president for news editorial, but Clemente upheld the mandate.”

It’s horrendous for obvious reasons. And smart possibly because there was a strong chance that an anchor or guest would pop off with an insensitive disrespectful remark. So maybe the gag rule kept that from happening. But I think it’s more likely they didn’t talk about it because it makes Republican talking points on guns seem really, really awful.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rich-Morgan/100000299284844 Rich Morgan

    Lest there was any remaining doubt about Faux being a “news” network.

  • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

    Related: the NRA has hidden their FB page in order to avoid recriminations/flame wars

    http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/16/nra-facebook-page-down/

  • Brutlyhonest

    If only they could find a way to tie it to Benghazi!

  • D_C_Wilson

    Too bad no one stuffed a sock in Huckleberry’s mouth.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    Not only that, but this will give Fox News time to come up with new ideas and excuses to defend the average American patriots’ right to quickly and easily own as many firearms to their hearts content. They’re banking on the average Fox News viewer’s attention span to forget what happened on Friday and get outraged over what they tell them.