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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

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  1. Ted Ward

    What a completely stupid poll. They should have included "dumb human nature, crucifixion-mad romans, and bad local politics in first century palestine" as choices. Just sayin'... Oh well, always look on the bright side of life...

    December 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • Faith and Peace

      They should have included God's will. That is what killed Jesus and it was supposed to happen because God decided it was supposed to happen. Also, since it happened, it served God.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • LivingInReality

      Many Christians have told me throughout my life that God gave the world Jesus, "his only begotten son", as the ultimate "sacrifice for our sins". This makes it sound like it was God's plan to have Jesus slain. So wouldn't the ultimate responsibility belong to God? This all confounds me.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • rzzzll

      No such thing as "Palestine". Especially since that lie of a name was applied by the Romans after 135 CE, after the Second Jewish Revolt in their failed effort to ethnically cleanse Jews from their homeland. Certainly not 33 CE, this was the Roman province of Judea. Get your history straight.

      January 8, 2012 at 2:30 am |
  2. SixDegrees

    So from the facts reported in the article, it sounds more like National Geographic that was responsible for this poll. What, exactly, did Fox have to do with this incident? I understand there's financial interest involved, but I'm not seeing where Fox is directly connected to the poll itself in any meaningful way.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • cb

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

      December 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • Bob

      "The National Geographic Channel in Latin America is a member of Fox International Channels, part of News Corp." - From the third paragraph down.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  3. whosafraidofjesus

    who's aifraid of Jesus and his message? wall street bankers and financiers. who are they? well...you're being racist!

    December 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • Me

      (chuckles)

      December 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  4. allanhowls

    Mel Gibson killed Jesus...I saw the movie.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  5. Joe

    Hate to tell you but the Jews, Priests and the Romans were all responsible. Who do you really think stuck up for Jesus back then? No one because he was marked for death when he started preaching. Just like John the Baptist. Then the romans got ahold of the religion and wrote what they though was right in the bible. Now you all believe the bible is god's voice.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • Casual Observer

      there are no books in the NT written by Romans

      December 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Mikey

      wasn't Paul a Roman

      December 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  6. Catch-22

    This is all over-rated. I think that it's more important that we find out if video really killed the radio star like the song says!

    December 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  7. Eric

    Fox, which masquerades as something to do with news, but has to do with everything but news, has put both its feet in its mouth yet again one more time. It is yellow journlism, the kind of sensationalism seeking tabloid which got utterly exposed and debunked in UK, and still doesn't have the brains to realize that it won't fly.
    It is about time to shut down this vulgar aberration into so called "news" reporting by doing the thing which hurts it most. Stop watching and paying heed. That should dry up its life-supporting ad funding and help it whither away.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • briteone

      Lets not pretend any of our major "NEWS" outlets are real news. They are nothing more then propoganda soap boxes for these corporations to volley around their oppinions. Just look at who owns each of these news companies.. THEY ARE ENORMOUS WITH 100's of major comapnies all controled together... collusion at it's finest.. who needs the news when you can broadcast propoganda to serve your corporations interests.. and get paid for it

      December 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • SixDegrees

      I'm not seeing anything in the article to suggest that Fox was responsible for the poll; it sounds much more like National Geographic was the agent behind it. Or did I miss a part where Fox directed them to word the poll in such a way?

      This doesn't fit well with other Fox stereotypes, either. They're generally portrayed as hyper-religious zealots with a strong evangelical bent. Types like this typically view Israel and Jews rather fondly, as they fit in with a peculiar apocalyptic credo strongly held by such groups. It doesn't make a lot of sense that Fox, at least according to stereotype, would go down this road at all, based on other stereotypes.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  8. Judas Iscariot

    Q. Who killed Jesus? A. Yo mama

    December 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  9. Disco Stu

    If not the Jews, then who wanted Jesus dead? inb4 Pontius Pilate

    December 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  10. Jon Durham

    I'd like to take a moment to quote the late, great, Redd Foxx.

    "People say Jews killed Jesus. That's wrong. N$ggers begged Jesus to death. "Oh Lord, send me my rent money"...."Lord, let me find some money here on the street"...."Lord...." Jesus said "sh$t man, I can't take this, just nail me to the cross".

    December 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • D.Smith

      That was bad!

      December 31, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  11. sky boogieman

    Rupert Murdoch killed responsible journalism-Jesus was an afterthought.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  12. God

    They may as well post a poll "Which god did Chronus eat first?"

    December 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  13. briteone

    The apocalypse has come and gone. Jesus has already risen, his name was Hitler and yes, he got his revenge!

    December 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Eric

      Good one

      December 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  14. GianCarlo

    Who really cares who Killed Jesus.........the fact is that it was supposed to be, in order for the gentiles to be saved since they were not Jews. God the Father planned it so that Jesus would die for the sins of the gentiles.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Me

      No need for sarcasm.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • Clark Nova

      So that leaves Judas completely off the hook (or tree or whatever), right? If not for Judas, he wouldn't have been crucified and we'd all be damned for eternity, right?

      December 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  15. HoldenLitgo

    The war on Christmas is an abomination but the war on Jews is A-OK to Fox and it's viewers.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • Faith and Peace

      There's a war on both in California. The governor put up a "holiday" tree and a lit a "candle" instead of a Jesus tree and Harry candelabra. Jesus died to guarantee that we put up evergreen Christmas trees in America.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  16. Joe

    Silly me. I always thought it was the Romans.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  17. sky boogieman

    Jesus is a used car salesman in Del Rio, Texas

    December 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  18. George

    That there are so many stupid people out and about in the world, sooooo many, who are worked up over this is truly frightening.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  19. HoldenLitgo

    It was a suicide.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  20. carly

    It is time to take News Corp apart. Just more Murduch type stupidity. This company and all of its offspring are a plaque.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Fookin' Prawn

      A good brushing with a minty fluoride toothpaste should take care of it.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • carly

      hey Prawn nice catch. Should have been plague. If it were only so easy to get rid of FOX/News Corp by brushing 🙂

      December 30, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
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