Fox News issued an apology today for a report that was criticized as “propaganda” after it ran Monday night. The report was part of the network’s coverage of Donald Trump’s “disinviting” the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to the traditional White House championship celebration.
The report included images of Eagles players praying before a game, which apparently was mistaken by the network for footage of players kneeling during the National Anthem.
Among those criticizing the report this morning was Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who tweeted: “This can’t be serious…. Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being used for your propaganda?! Just sad, I feel like you guys should have to be better than this…”
The Hollywood Reporter notes: “Not a single Eagles player protested by taking a knee during the National Anthem during the regular season or playoffs in 2017; however, a few raised their fist. Veteran cornerback Ron Brooks took a knee during the preseason, but he was cut before the regular season started.”
THR received a statement from Christopher Wallace, executive producer of Shannon Bream’s Fox News show where the footage reportedly ran.
“During our report about President Trump canceling the Philadelphia Eagles’ visit to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win, we showed unrelated footage of players kneeling in prayer,” Wallace said in the statement.
The statement also notes that no Eagles players kneeled in protest during the season or postseason, adding: “We apologize for the error.”