The Hazards of Live TV: #25,131
FBN’s Adam Shapiro was down at Occupy Wall Street to do a live hit on The Willis Report. It didn’t go exactly as planned with the OWS protesters shouting Shapiro down with chants of “Fox News Lies” and Shapiro had to abandon the segment (later video showed him leaving the scene under minor Police protection from the OWS horde who apparently thought they’d won the “battle”). Willis was none too pleased with this and was visibly angry and defended FNC and its coverage of Occupy Wall Street as they were just “trying to cover the story like everyone else”. I thought Willis stated her case well and the OWS idiots came off looking like…well…idiots.
What followed this, and which I don’t have the video posted for technical reasons (it would take forever to convert something that big down from HD and upload to YouTube), was a disappointment. A three panel member discussion followed with everyone basically ridiculing, trashing, or otherwise not speaking in any sort of positive terms regarding Occupy Wall Street. Having gained the moral high ground by rightly complaining about the treatment of Shapiro, Willis and her panel subsequently gave up the moral high ground by playing down to Occupy Wall Street’s characterization of FNC/FBN…that they can’t get a fair shake from the channel. It’s hard to argue against that point when they can point to a 4-0 segment that looks like something of a setup.
Nobody came out looking good here. By rights FBN should have because Shapiro was the victim. But Willis and her panel fumbled that opportunity away…