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Fox News Apologizes After Footage of NFL Players Praying Draws Outcry

Fox News is responding to its use of what is being called a “deceptive photo montage” of NFL players praying in its coverage of the kneeling controversy Monday night.

“During our report about President Trump canceling the Philadelphia Eagles trip to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win, we showed unrelated footage of players kneeling in prayer,” said Christopher Wallace, Executive Producer of FOX News at Night with Shannon Bream, where the footage was aired. “To clarify, no members of the team knelt in protest during the national anthem throughout regular or post-season last year. We apologize for the error.”

While the network has issued a mea culpa, the incident sparked outrage from both sides of the aisle, including one of the Eagles’ own players, Zach Ertz, who expressed shock, calling it “just sad.”


Omnipresent Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti jumped on board to support the athlete, stating Fox’s use of the images was “pathetic,” even suggesting a firing be made as a consequence.

The report also drew criticism from the right, receiving a reaction from Brittany Hughes, the managing editor for MRCTV.org, a conservative video website run by the Media Research Center.

CNN’s Oliver Darcy noted the tweet was surprising, given that the organization isn’t known to speak out against the network.

Others called out the network as well:

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