Bizarre: Bronx train engineer “wrecked” with grief over the death of Mandela? Fox & Friends First producers made a flagrant faux pas or exercised incredibly bad judgment this morning. After Ainsley Earhardt introduced a segment on the passing of Nelson Mandela, reading, “This morning the world reacting to the news of Mandela’s death,” producers strangely ran an apparently cropped pic of the pained NYC train engineer (who reportedly drove his ill-fated Metro-North passengers off the rail in the Bronx, killing four and injuring 63):* Underneath the photo, the chyron blared, “South Africa’s “Greatest Son”: World Mourns Nelson Mandela.”** Yikes!
When the Mandela segment concluded, Ainsley and her co-host Heather Childers said not a word about the striking F&FF fail. Perhaps, they did not notice. Or, more likely, they felt too embarrassed to say a word.
But, someone should: So, Carpe Diem does.
*New York Daily News – 12/01/13 (Pic 6).
**Fox & Friends First – 12/06/13 (@ 5:31 a.m. ET).