At least two of my fb friends pounded Fox for their silly caption misidentifying Central American countries as “Mexican.” My suggestion was that the news branch meant “counties” not countries. I see an apology is up. Headline quote:
It never should have happened.
Before I proceed, a confession: I do not watch network news.
That said, there are a number of things beyond the circumstance of employees working weekends in media. I also confess I did it. Most of my work in radio was on weekends, making my way through grad school. I probably made more mistakes than full-timers who did it five to ten times a week. So I feel for the poor sap who demonstrated someone’s deep ignorance of geography.
As for the headline excuse, a lot of things in life never should have happened. “We apologize for the error” sounds like an authentic gesture of regret to me. The blunder makes a network and its peons look bad. Maybe it’s yet another demonstration of widespread ignorance in Western society, especially on the Right. Possibly. Or maybe somebody is just sorry they got caught. There’s a lot of that going around, especially in the 1%.
It might also reveal a certain carelessness about issues that matter. What difference does it make where “dangerous border-crossing people” are from? Today Latinos. Before that it was Asians, Irish, and even native Americans. No matter that the latter were here first.
I think it’s fair to posit that if people in an organization can make ridiculous statements in one arena, they are likely to be doing it on bigger stages and on more vital issues.
Or maybe, the network i n question just misidentified what they thought were Mexican counties. It’s as likely as anything else, eh? Let the pokes continue.