Fox News is being blasted after airing a graphic comparing the stock market performances after various protests ignited by the wrongful deaths of four different black men throughout recent history.
The image in question showed the percentage by which the stock market increased one week after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, the acquittal of the police officers who killed Rodney King, the death of Michael Brown, and, now, the death of George Floyd.
“Stock markets hitting new highs despite the nationwide protests this week,” said Fox correspondent Susan Li as it aired. “Historically, there has been a disconnect between what investors focus on and what happens across the country.
The graph was also accompanied on screen by a chyron that read “Stocks Soar.”
The blatant insensitivity sparked serious backlash against the already widely hated network.
Fox News was eventually forced to apologize…sort of.
“The infographic used on FOX News Channel’s Special Report to illustrate market reactions to historic periods of civil unrest should have never aired on television without full context,” they said in a statement. “We apologize for the insensitivity of the image and take this issue seriously.”
Fox News anchor Eric Shawn also weighed in on air Saturday, saying that the network was “attempting to show the stock market on occasion gained ground in the midst of turmoil, civil unrest, and even tragedy.”
“In trying to make that point, the program ‘Special Report’ failed to explain the context of the times we are living and should not have used that graphic,” he added.
Both responses insist that there is a greater context that would have made discussing how the wrongful deaths of Black men has a positive impact on rich white people’s financial standings, but failed to actually provide that context. Maybe because there actually isn’t any justification for something so wildly inhumane.