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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. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    The Apostle John probably retrieved the cloth and kept it within the early community of followers.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  2. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    Jesus is the light of the world.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
  3. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    Medieval artists were good, but the technology was too limited.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  4. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    Far too elaborate to be a hoax, even by modern technology standards.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  5. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    It was not made by human hands.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  6. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    The ressurection light of Christ burned the image into the top layer of the fabric.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  7. Bumper(In Spirit and Truth)...

    The shroud is real.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  8. Paul

    National Geographic Network's majority owner is Rupert Murdock. Anything else need to be said?

    January 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  9. Bob

    GO look at the shroud of Turin then see if e is or not real.

    January 6, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Chuckles

      It isn't.

      It's been independetly tested a number of times and found to exist no earlier than the 1200's. It's a hoax good sir, a ruse.

      January 6, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  10. Bill

    FOX needs to apologize for calling itself a "news" organization and that ludicrous statement about being "fair and balanced" .
    They are a quasi-religious organization using the term "reporting news" as a cover for spreading their message of divisivness and pandering to the ignorance and fears of the watchers/listeners. It's amazing how much distortion and disinformation can be packed into their newscasts.

    January 6, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  11. Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

    2000 years later and still going strong.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:15 am |
  12. Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

    Josephus provides historical proof of Christ.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:14 am |
  13. Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

    The Shroud of Turin if physical proof of Christ.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:14 am |
  14. Bumper (In Spirit and Truth)

    ***He is Risen***

    January 6, 2012 at 12:13 am |
  15. FoolKiller

    "We have also taken appropriate measures to prevent such incidents in the future,” he said. Don't worry. When HE comes back, no one will be killing HIM. (Yes, I know what they meant.)

    January 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  16. Conrad Shull

    Anti capital punishment folks would quibble, but I believe he was not murdered, but executed, by the Romans.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  17. D

    Hey fox latin america... I'm really happy for you, I'ma let you finish, but Hitler was the biggest antisemite OF ALL TIME!!!

    January 5, 2012 at 4:45 am |
  18. Motown Mel

    So Fox discontinued the poll...after the damage was done.

    January 5, 2012 at 1:38 am |
  19. Carlos Marx

    Why should anyone care who killed Jesus, assuming the guy was real? Religion is the opiate of humanity, always was and forever will be.

    January 5, 2012 at 1:34 am |
    • TB_One

      Whether you believe Jesus was the Christ is irrelevant. He lived. It is fact and history has recorded it; not only in the Bible but Josephus, a jewish historian, identifies Jesus and His crucifiction.

      January 6, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Clarissa

      LOL "assuming the guy was real" what? how old are you? The guy WAS real, my god wikipedia him or something, go learn instead of spewing crazyness lol...

      January 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  20. midwestbilly

    Let the angels come and settle this! I want to know why I have never seen an angel....There were many in biblical times,,,,what happened to them?

    January 4, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
    • Lucy

      We must smell funny or something, midwestbilly 😉

      January 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • TB_One

      And what makes you think an angel should reveal itself to you? They exist to serve God, not man.

      January 6, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • Muneef

      Angels are there to do the recording of our words and acts for thedate of judgment...they are there to interfere with our life's unless commanded by GOD him self...and when that is made they do not reveal them selves but rather come as natural disasters or mercy...

      January 7, 2012 at 6:33 am |
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