By Daniela Altimari
File Footage Aired During Morning News Report On Women’s Day At State Capitol
FOX CT apologized Wednesday for airing what it called “inappropriate file footage” of women during a Morning News report on Women’s Day at the state Capitol.
“The video should never have aired,” the company said in a statement. “FOX CT will publicly apologize on today’s newscasts, as well as through our social media platforms. We are also implementing procedures to keep this from happening in the future.”
“The airing of the footage is repugnant and is not of the level of a credible news organization,” said Jacqueline Kozin, co-president of the Connecticut chapter of the National Organization of Women. “FOX CT News, whether they intended to or not, has just inserted their organization into a culture war and sent the message that women should not be taken seriously. It is an insult to the female employees at Fox and to women throughout Connecticut.”
Women’s Day, hosted by the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, is an annual event at the Capitol. This year’s event featured a keynote speech by Marcia Gillespie, former editor-in-chief at Ms. and Essence magazines. It also honored two Connecticut high school students who won an essay contest.
“We are appalled at the level of sexism this incident shows,” said Teresa Younger, executive director of the commission.
“It is an insult not only to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and to all who attended Women’s Day at the Capitol, which marked the PCSW’s 40-year battle against gender discrimination, but to women everywhere who are tired of being objectified. Anyone who doubts the existence of the ‘war on women’ need look no further than Fox News,” Younger said. “We invite the executives at Fox to ask about our sexual harassment awareness and prevention trainings, which would help them and their staff learn a little more about what goes on above a woman’s shoulders.”
FOX CT and the Courant share a newsroom and are both part of CT 1 Media, which is owned by the Tribune Corp.