FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Jess Levin (202) 772-8162
Media Matters' Rabin-Havt sends fifth letter to network about glaring on-air error
Washington, DC -- After Fox News aired the wrong footage of SEIU President Andy Stern, Media Matters for America's Ari Rabin-Havt today issued his fifth open letter to Fox News Senior Vice President Michael Clemente to ask how this error would be handled in light of the network's "zero tolerance" policy. In November, Fox News management sent a memo to staff on "quality control" that stated: "Mistakes by any member of the show team that end up on air may result in immediate disciplinary action against those who played significant roles in the 'mistake chain,' and those who supervise them." Rabin-Havt has sent four previous letters about such "mistakes" but has yet to receive a response.
The letter reads:
April 14, 2010
Mr. Michael Clemente
Senior Vice President, Fox News Channel
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Dear Mr. Clemente:
Again, I write to you concerning a glaring error on Fox News. Your network, while discussing SEIU President Andy Stern's reported plan to step down, ran the following footage:
Of course, that is not SEIU President Andy Stern. This is:
I'll remind you once again of the quality control memo your network issued in November. In that memo, it is assured that "mistakes by any member of the show team that end up on air may result in immediate disciplinary action against those who played significant roles in the 'mistake chain.'" I have written you on four previous occasions about errors on your network and I have yet to see any "immediate disciplinary action" take place.
I look forward to hearing if that will be the case this time.
Vice President for Communications and Research
Media Matters for America