Whoops: Fox News labels esteemed Jewish author a ‘Holocaust Winner’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 13:46 EDT
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It’s not the first time Fox News has flubbed an on-screen graphic but it may be the worst.

When Fox News host Gretchen Carlson interviewed Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in mid-December, the conservative network made the unfortunate mistake of identifying him as a “Holocaust Winner” on the lower-third portion of the screen.

The graphics department most likely accidentally combined “Holocaust Survivor” and “Nobel Prize Winner.”

Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1986 for his “practical work in the cause of peace.” He is also the author of 57 books.

Most recently, Wiesel has agreed to act as honorary chair of the Canadian Institute of the Study of Antisemitism (CISA).

The Fox News graphics department has a history of identifying scandal-ridden Republicans as Democrats. The blog Down with Tyranny notes that they’ve done it with Mark Foley, Larry Craig, John Ensign and Mark Sanford.

Liberal watchdog group Media Matters has a treasure trove of Fox News chyron screw-ups.

For example, in 2009, they labeled Democratic strategist Michael Brown as the former head of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In June, they mistakenly identified Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) as a senator. Earlier in the year, an on-screen graphic misspelled “president” as “presiddent.”

Apparently frustrated by all the mistakes, in 2009, the network announced a zero tolerance policy for errors.

“Effective immediately, there is zero tolerance for on-screen errors,” according to a memo released by Fox News management. “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.”

The mistake comes at the 35 second mark in the following video.

This video is from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Dec. 14, 2010.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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