Fox News used b-roll of sad Asian people who clearly aren't Korean in coverage of the ferry disaster.

Fox News used b-roll of sad Asian people who clearly aren't Korean in coverage of the ferry disaster.
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Fox News used b-roll of sad Asian people who clearly aren't Korean in coverage of the ferry disaster.

I wish someone would report on the real reason this woman is crying. (screengrab via Fox News)

You know how all Asian people kind of look the same to you? Well first of all, that's offensive. And second of all, that's why it's not your responsibility to find b-roll footage about Asian news stories. Unfortunately, whoever picks footage for Fox News shares your troubling views. 

Yep, that's right. Fox News did something lazy and stupid. A report on the South Korean ferry disaster accidentally used b-roll footage of non-Korean Asians while describing the complaints of grieving relatives. The video, from April 19, is titled "Search for survivors of Korean ferry disaster continues." While using b-roll footage in a report isn't uncommon, it's the responsibility of the news agency that uses it to trick us into thinking they're not a little bit racist.

Not surprisingly, some Koreans are angry. The Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles sent a letter to Fox News on behalf of the Korean Consulate, complaining about the mistake and asking for the video to be taken down. In their most culturally sensitive move of the month, Fox News has yet to respond or remove the offending video. 

After all, the prime minister of South Korea resigned from office over the handling of the rescue operations. The least Fox News could do would be to take down the video and fire an intern.

Fox News used b-roll of sad Asian people who clearly aren't Korean in coverage of the ferry disaster.

They've been through something bad, but it's definitely not this. (screengrab via Fox News)

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You can watch the whole video from Fox News here, for as long as they refuse to take it down.

(by Shira Rachel Danan)

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