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December 30th, 2011
02:01 PM ET

Fox apologizes to Jews for poll on who murdered Jesus

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Fox Latin America has pulled and apologized for an online poll that asked who was responsible for Jesus’ death and included Jews as a possible response.

The poll had been posted on a Facebook page for National Geographic Cable TV in Latin America as part of a promotional effort for a Christmas special on the channel, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish group.

The National Geographic Channel in Latin America is a member of Fox International Channels, part of News Corp.

“Christmas Special is coming to Nat Geo… Who do you think responsible for the death of Jesus?” the Spanish-language poll asked, according to the Wiesenthal Center.

The multiple-choice responses were “Pontius Pilate; The Jewish People; the High Priests.”

On Wednesday, the Wiesenthal Center announced that the National Geographic Channel in Latin America had removed the poll and apologized for it.

"We sincerely apologize for the publication of a poll on our website that might have unintentionally given place to interpretations, opinions or expressions of intolerance that might affect the Jewish community," Fox Latin America’s vice president for corporate communications and PR said in a statement.

“This would contradict the mission and spirit of National Geographic worldwide, which focuses on education for diversity through shows questioning our world,” said the vice president, Guadalupe Lucero.

"We have also taken appropriate measures to prevent such incidents in the future,” he said.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Jesus • Judaism • TV • Uncategorized

soundoff (1,653 Responses)
  1. JK

    Apparently, Fox Latin America has never read John 10:18; Jesus covered this already. "No man takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of My Father." Jesus willingly lay His life down, no man took it from Him.

    To my Jewish friends: Scripture says that Jesus is the GLORY OF THE JEWS. Jesus is your glory. He was proof to the world that the JEWS HAVE THE RIGHT GOD, the Jews worship the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD!

    December 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      Well according to you then they turned their back on their Messiah and Im assuming "God",

      December 30, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
    • AngryJew

      They do not believe in Jesus. Don't you get it? And frankly, Jews have a right not to believe if they do not want to.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
    • Doug

      Oh wait Jesus is a Messiah who I can't call people a racist for not following and worshiping? He's got nothing on Obama then.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  2. Fred

    It was Colonel Mustard with a Candlestick in the Library

    December 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • re-Tort

      No, Miss Scarlet with a wrench in the balling room. Oops, ball room.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  3. Doug

    This has nothing to do with Fox News, but once again facts mean nothing to a hate filled being who can't control their hate for even a moment to be rational, otherwise known as a Democrat.

    If a fox ran across the road and it made the Democrat drive off the road, that lib would think it is justified in suing Murdoch and Alies for their injuries, explains why they still defend Dan Rather and Microsoft fonts being around in 1973, doesn't it?

    December 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • HeWhoSeeks

      You sir, Have been trolled!!

      December 30, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  4. ken

    It is time for tort law to charge journalists for malpractice! Bias and inaccuracy should be a crime unless the media outlet declares itself a factless tabloid! 60 Minutes would be required to state that it is biased and does not report accurately every 10 minutes during the show, else they can be sued by all consumers for $100K!

    December 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer works miracles
    God knows exactly what He is doing

    December 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • Loathstheright

      (Snicker).....God....riiiiight.....Mr. Invisible magical faerie.....HAHAHAA.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • JT

      Please remove your lips from the crack pipe.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • Jason

      It didn't do any good for 1/3 of Europe back in 1380.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  6. Loathstheright

    Conservatives have no class....and FAUX Propaganda is the worst of the worst.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • Doug

      Oh the irony, your post to this story shows the exact opposite being true, thanks for being an example, not everyone lives in a blue area and knows the truth about Democrats.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  7. HeWhoSeeks

    For those of us who see the bible as a step in our esoteric learning. The question is mute. Jesus was destined to die per the creators overall plan to save mankind, and set a light for man to strive for (the perfection inherent in Jesus). These polls are produced, written and answered by those people unaware of the creators plan, or perhaps to spark contraversy, but again, those who would do such a thing, are typically unenlightened. so same thing.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • Rod C. Venger

      That's pretty much it. The question is moot, it's ignorant and even frivolous. I was always taught, and have in turn taught, that there was no such thing as a stupid question. I stand corrected.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • re-Tort

      You seem to be stuck on the bottom step.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  8. Roy

    Now you see that FOX network is part of GOP so you need to think twice of who you vote for in November.....

    December 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • dark paul

      It was FOX Latin America not FOX U.S.A. It has nothing to do with the upcoming election in which Obama loses in a landslide.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
    • Doug

      yes, The poll had been posted on a Facebook page for National Geographic Cable TV in Latin America, you are the type a typical Democrat, too bad there are no type b's or any other type for that matter, just National Socialists.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  9. TonyInNYC

    Still, if we could identify who did it, we would be able to blame their descendants thousands of years later for something their forebears did.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  10. dipblu

    Nancy didn't do it, but she's very upset about it.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  11. paul

    Its Fox what did you expect. The sad thing is some people actually believe FOX channels cover news but in reality all they cover is comedy/Right wing propoganda.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  12. Kat

    According to the New Testement, when Pilate found Jesus not guilty and wanted to release him, Jews insisted he'd be killed and when he said his blood would be on their hands, they replied Jesus's blood was on their and their children's hands.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      Your Bible will have to be rewritten by AIPAC.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • AgnosticsAnonymous

      Do you also believe that Jews are the chosen people and hence everyone else is unworthy of compassion or human rights? Or do you believe that everyone is the chosen people?

      December 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • agathokles

      OK, but your posting takes no note of the horrible pogroms that have been directed at Jews over hundreds of years, often with the expressed justification that they were "responsible" for the death of Christ. You seem to be naive about historical context of this issue. Context matters.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
    • Cielo

      Yes and all of that malarkey was written nearly 100 YEARS after the fact and by NO ONE that was actually there!! REAL Jews were HOME observing the Passover. Available people were ALL rabble rousers looking for a fight or crucifxion or anything for sport and entertainment. PLEASE spare me the quotes. They were written by people who already had an axe to grind against the Jews.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  13. AgnosticsAnonymous

    How about a poll: Who is a war criminal. Some of the choices should be: George Bush, Cheney, Condoleesa Rice, General Powell, Alberto Gonzales and the rest of the gang.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • Loathstheright

      How about "All of the above"?

      December 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • AngryJew

      You might also include Ariel Sharon and maybe even Olmert might qualify.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  14. street smart

    FIXed NEWS like to spin that Jewish Libs own the media& are part of what they call "The Great Left Wing Conspiracy" but if that were true wouldnt they pull FOX s broadscast license for what they just did? Just sayin

    December 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  15. Roscoe Chait

    Bush did it.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
    • PhillUranus

      S. or Jr. ?

      December 30, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • buddhabill

      I dunno who did it, but stop telling me that Jesus dies for MY sins. Seriously. Unless you believe in reincarnation I WASN"T THERE!

      December 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  16. Hypatia

    Sick and disgusting fear-mongering by Faux News.....what else is new?

    December 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  17. andrewthree

    God sent His Son to die for us. The Jews had him killed for various reasons but it was God's plan for them to do this. The Romans carried out the actual killing. None of it would be necessary except that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The good news is that Jesus didn't stay dead! He didn't stay in the ground. Today He intercedes for believers at the right hand of God. To all who believe in Him and trust in the saving power of His blood He gives the right to become children of God.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • marc

      Nut case

      December 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      andy,
      Why did daddy set up the need for the death in the first place ? He did create everything, no ?

      December 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • Eve Cable

      AMEN, Glory to the Father!!!

      December 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
    • andrewthree

      Everything that was created was created through the Word of God, that is, Jesus. But God did not create evil and sin and did not cause the evil one to turn against Him and lead a rebellion.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • re-Tort

      Well then, if he didn't create it,
      a. he is not the creator of everything,
      b. he is a bad creator, who makes defective creatures.
      That's not a Supreme Being. That's his retarded brother.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  18. Robert

    Jesus wasn't killed by the Jews, he was executed for child molestation.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • Rubedo

      re-TORT-ed--Your name says it all. Ever heard of Satan? He loves to fool people like you.

      January 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  19. billy jester

    NANCY GRACE DID IT!!!!

    December 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  20. RaveDave

    Christians believe Jesus didn't die, or more accurately, didn't stay dead. So asking who killed him misses the point.

    If you want to know who crucified Jesus, the answer is pretty clear. At that time, claiming to be the son of God was a capitol offense. Jesus signed his own death sentence.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • JAWZ

      Actually, the Roman Government crucified Jesus and therefore are responsible for his death/execution. Curcifiction was a fairly common form of capital punishment at the time. The Romans felt he was a threat to their rule in historically Jewish areas. Jewish leadership, the Pharisees specifically, also felt he was a threat so they conspired with the Romans to set him up. Since he was a Jew the Roman Prefect Pontius Pilate, offered the Jewish citizens the opportunity to spare him and they refused.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • mark

      Very good answer. Yet undeniable that he WAS rejected by the majority HIS OWN people of his time which took him to the Romans to have him crucified and they've said (Matthew 27:25) "All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!". Clearly they are putting themselves as wanting his death and hence they are 100% guilty as the Romans would've never killed Jesus without the Jews' insistence. In fact Pontius Pilate tried to find fault in Jesus but couldn't and said so to the Jews, yet they still yelled for his death. This is undeniable, the Jews killed Jesus. PERIOD.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • Chad

      mark "This is undeniable, the Jews killed Jesus. PERIOD."

      => consider three things:
      1) Romans actually crucified Jesus
      2) Without the benefit of the Holy Spirit, you and I would have reacted to Jesus the same way many of the Jews of that day did – with rejection. "“Who do you say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven"
      Matthew 16
      God alone reveals
      3) Ultimately you and I necessitated the death of Jesus Christ, right?

      saying things like the "Jews killed Jesus" leads only to anti-semitism. Stay away from it.

      January 1, 2012 at 12:43 am |
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