Fox News rejected criticism from Drudge Report Editor Matt Drudge, who had called out the channel for what he described as an insensitive TV segment related to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting this weekend.
Drudge wrote Monday on Twitter that he watched a Fox show wherein the hosts "laughed and joked their way through a discussion on [the] political impact of terror." He singled out Fox personality Kennedy Montgomery, who had appeared on the midday show "Outnumbered." Drudge had tweeted a photo of Montgomery on air smiling.
"Kennedy made an unrelated quip at the end of the segment which was focused on unity — there was absolutely no joking or laughing about the events of this weekend and a screen grab of her smiling is hardly indicative of the entire segment," a Fox spokesperson told the Washington Examiner in a statement. "The lower third should not have been up for the duration of this segment as it was not fully reflective of what the panelists were discussing."
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The "lower-third" refers to an on-screen graphic that aired during the segment. It said, "Questions on how mail-bomb scare synagogue attack could impact mid-term voters eight days from now."
In yet another tweet, Drudge posted more photos of smiling Fox personalities who were on the same program as Montgomery. Featured in those photos were Rachel Campos-Duffy, Harris Faulkner, and Melissa Francis.
The synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh left 11 dead and several more injured.