Connecticut’s Fox News tweeted an apology yesterday morning for the controversy over its coverage of an International Women’s Day march in Hartford. The coverage, a 13-second clip of a close-up shot of a woman’s breasts, objectified women the very day that around the world women were celebrating their achievements and the struggles that they’ve overcome. Apparently Fox CT thought that International Women’s Day could be summarized simply through shots of a women’s breasts. Way to go, Fox.
Fox CT’s tweet stated, “FOX CT apologizes for today’s file footage error. We will continue to recognize great contributions of women in CT and around the world.” However, as Huffington Post noted, the same footage was aired twice during one hour, suggesting that it wasn’t a mere ‘footage error.’
Fox CT apologized again yesterday in a statement, saying, “The video should never have aired. FOX CT will publicly apologize on today’s newscasts, as well as through our social media platforms. We are also implementing procedures to keep this from happening in the future.”
The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, which organizes the annual Women’s Day celebration calls Fox’s story an insult “to women everywhere who are tired of being objectified.” Commission executive director Teresa Younger goes on to invite Fox executives “to ask about our sexual harassment awareness and prevention trainings.