Connecticutâs Fox News tweeted an apology yesterday morning for the controversy over its coverage of an International Womenâs Day march in Hartford. The coverage, a 13-second clip of a close-up shot of a womanâs breasts, objectified women the very day that around the world women were celebrating their achievements and the struggles that theyâve overcome. Apparently Fox CT thought that International Womenâs Day could be summarized simply through shots of a womenâs breasts. Way to go, Fox.
Fox CTâs tweet stated, âFOX CT apologizes for todayâs file footage error. We will continue to recognize great contributions of women in CT and around the world.â However, as Huffington Post noted, the same footage was aired twice during one hour, suggesting that it wasnât a mere âfootage error.â
Fox CT apologized again yesterday in a statement, saying, âThe video should never have aired. FOX CT will publicly apologize on todayâs newscasts, as well as through our social media platforms. We are also implementing procedures to keep this from happening in the future.â
The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, which organizes the annual Womenâs Day celebration calls Foxâs story an insult âto women everywhere who are tired of being objectified.â Commission executive director Teresa Younger goes on to invite Fox executives âto ask about our sexual harassment awareness and prevention trainings.