Fox News aired a graphic image from an ISIS propaganda video last night.
Viewers were warned that the image, shown on Fox News’ Special Report, was graphic, Mediaite noted.
The still image showed the live burning by ISIS rebels of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaebeh, who was captured by ISIS in December.
The video was released by ISIS and Jordan’s armed forces spokesperson “confirmed Kasasbeh’s death,” NBC News reported. The White House hasn’t confirmed the video as authentic yet.
Fox News’ Bret Baier told viewers in advance of showing the graphic image during a news segment on air that the images were “upsetting.” He said, according to Mediaite:
“Tonight we are going to show you some of the images ISIS has put out from a long slickly-produced video. The images are brutal, they are graphic, they are upsetting. You may want to turn away. You may want to have the children leave the room right now.”
He went on, “The reason we are showing you this is to bring you the reality of Islamic terrorism and to label it as such. We feel you need to see it so we will put up one of the images on your screen right now.”
After the image was off-air, Baier told viewers they could “look back here if you turned away.”
See a portion of graphic report below:
Meanwhile, NBC News’ Brian Williams said on Nightly News Feb. 3 that NBC would not show the video.
“We’re not going to air a bit of that” on air, Williams said.
iMediaEthics has written to NBC News to ask for more information about its decision against airing any images from the video and if that decision extends to all NBC News’ reports or just the Nightly News broadcast tonight.
iMediaEthics previously has reported on news outlets’ decisions how to use — if at all — images from ISIS propaganda videos when covering the murders of Steven Sotloff and Jamey Foley.