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Fox News connects student’s suicide with Obama speech, draws outrage

Just before 3 p.m. Central Standard Time on Thursday, Fox News removed a controversial article linking a student suicide with President Barack Obama ‘s Wednesday afternoon speech on deficit reduction

Author:Camilo Wood
Reviewer:Dexter Cooke
Jul 31, 2020
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Just before 3 p.m. Central Standard Time on Thursday, Fox News removed a controversial article linking a student suicide with President Barack Obama‘s Wednesday afternoon speech on deficit reduction.
The article titled “GWU Student’s Suicide Tragically Coincides With Obama Visit” drew outrage among students at George Washington University. University officials had in fact learned of a student committing suicide in his dorm roomat the same time the President began his speech, however, there was absolutely no connection.
By Thursday afternoon, an event was created on Facebookencouraging students to reach out to Fox through phone calls and emails to complain about the article. More than 1,200 had signed up as “attending” while nearly 7,000 others had not yet replied.
Fox apparently removedthe article, but The GW Hatchet posted the storyon their website. From the Hatchet:
Danny Leimberg, the [Facebook] event’s creator, posted contact information for Fox News’ headquarters and implored students to call and complain.
“After reading the article I think it’s ridiculous they had that in the politics section in their page, much less implying the relationship between the two,” Leimberg said. “Members of the GW community should be outraged, and his family shouldn’t have to see something like that on the politics blog.”
Leimberg said he wants to see Chernenkoff and the blog’s editor punished.
“I think there should be consequences for the people who publish it,” Leimberg said. “We just need to stand around the student and his family.”
The Huffington Post posted a screen shot of the articlefrom Fox’s website.
This is not the first time Fox has caught fire for their news stories online. In November they blogged about a fake story on The Onion, a satire media group, and referred to it as fact.
Camilo Wood

Camilo Wood

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Camilo Wood has over two decades of experience as a writer and journalist, specializing in finance and economics. With a degree in Economics and a background in financial research and analysis, Camilo brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his writing. Throughout his career, Camilo has contributed to numerous publications, covering a wide range of topics such as global economic trends, investment strategies, and market analysis. His articles are recognized for their insightful analysis and clear explanations, making complex financial concepts accessible to readers. Camilo's experience includes working in roles related to financial reporting, analysis, and commentary, allowing him to provide readers with accurate and trustworthy information. His dedication to journalistic integrity and commitment to delivering high-quality content make him a trusted voice in the fields of finance and journalism.
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

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Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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