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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. Ray

    Was it Roger Ailes or Murdoch who decided to include "the Jewish people" in their choices? What a bunch of idiots. Maybe they should've included 'authoritarian Lizard brains' (aka, the Republican party) as an answer.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • Casual Observer

      that is an insult to lizards everywhere

      December 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  2. briteone

    Well if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that we'd all be better of without jews or their damned usury. But that's what Jesus wanted, which is why he came back as Hitler and had his appocolypse

    December 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Ray

      I think we'd be better off without idiots, like you, who can't spell or think critically. Can't fix stupid!

      December 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • briteone

      Do the math, jesus said he would come back.. and he did. Though he probably should of booked more time on his vacation since he didn't take care of the jewish infestation which has grown back to full strength. The real question here is... will Jesus return again to save us from these jews?

      December 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • Freethinker

      Briteone, you have to be mentally slow. Did you at least finish HS?

      December 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Pastafarian

      I'm dumber for having read this post.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • briteone

      Did Jesus finish HS?... Nope, did Jesus 2.0 (Hitler) finsih high school? Nope.. Rev. 20:2, 3:Thus mankind will be freed from the satanic influence that has made life very difficult for people who want to do what is right. Gone will be the diabolic influence that has caused acts of extreme inhumanity and the demonic influence that has filled the lives of many with fear... Jesus hated jewish usury which now controls the entire world.

      IF jews are gods people then jesus has to come back as a jew and well... Since god can't kill them anymore, He got tired of it after the flood and promised not to he has to send his son... first as a negotiator (Jesus 1.0) and then as an executioner (Jesus 2.0)

      December 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  3. Nate

    No one, you can’t kill someone who never existed!

    I WIN!

    December 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • hey,dummy(Yes, I mean YOU)

      Well, historically, Jesus has been independently proven to have existed, and in that time frame.

      Whether he was the Son of God is a matter of faith and theology.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  4. DanW

    I remember as a kid hearing my Catholic friends say that the Jews killed Jesus. I didn't get at the time why this should have been a big thing. Historical facts are what they are – history. It doesn't matter now who killed Jesus. Dozens of generations have gone by. People should deal with their own problems of today instead of wasting a speck of energy on carrying around ancient baggage. Of course you have all heard this many times before.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • briteone

      BTW there are no historical facts when it comes to jesus. Hell there are no historical facts when it comes to pontius pilate. History can't even prove he existed.. the little evidence they have is very bias and doesn't hold up to any historical standards.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  5. Nathan

    No one!

    You can’t kill someone who never existed!

    I WIN!

    December 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Roger

      well said man. Half of us Christians are living in a fallacy world. instead of working hard and competing with the world we waste our time in the stupid churches

      December 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • briteone

      Why work hard? You live for a few years and die.. Better to be heathens and enjoy life to the fullest

      December 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  6. stoley eisenhower

    If it was the jews who stopped Jesus, maybe they could stop Tim Tebow on Sundays. Go Jews

    December 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • briteone

      Tim Tebow doesn't need anyone to stop him and his sub 50% passing percentage

      December 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  7. maddawg

    do ANY of you lemming brain washed 'can't think for yourselvers' have a clue as to what you're talking about??

    do gods really rule your short, pointless, brain washed lives???

    very pathetic that the brains available are put to use 'only following' the nonsense jibberish of others........

    i've said it before and it is more true today than ever......gods are for the weak, timiid and those that need a scapegoat for all the bad and good in their lives.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  8. Jean Valjean

    Even for me, a liberal, this is an amazing slant. It was National Geographic who was responsible, not the network. You look petty when you do stuff like this. Try harder.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  9. Theo

    The theological/spiritual question is more insightful than the physical one. Who killed Jesus? Well, the Bible says he died for our sins... so that means we all did. But then you could say... "we did not ask him to" So, then you are left with the one responsible for putting things in motion... God himself sent Christ to die. That was the plan... the humans involved in the actual trial and crucifiction were just pawns in God's great plan. That is the beauty of the gospel, whether you believe in it or not; A part of God died so that we don't have to. That is a nice thought as we exit this holiday season.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • Conan the Librarian

      the Bible is the biggest work of plagiarism ever – the Harry Potters books of their day

      December 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • Theo

      Well – I never said I believed it... but it is a beautiful story. Even though I grew up in a strong Christian family and studied theology in college, I realize it is as likely a story as many others. I am pretty much an agnostic at this point... which means whatever you believe is probably wrong too 😉

      December 30, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • Name: (required)

      Another nice thought is that many Christians like to wear death machines (the cross) around their neck.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  10. A Believer

    Christians believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and is not dead. He was seen by many people, alive and well, after he was crucified. So, among Christians the arguement is moot. Who killed Jesus? Nobody.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • Conan the Librarian

      please head to the nearest window – open it and take very deep breath – something has obviously cut off the oxygen to your brain

      December 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  11. sandrakcrespo

    Jesus went to the cross because of sin..and he isn't dead.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • Casual Observer

      no – Jesus went to the cross because he was a political revolutionary an d he took on the "man"
      the Romans were the only ones who had the ability to execute people
      the Jews of that period were a useless lot except for the taxes they paid – kinda like middle class America

      December 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Mari

      AMEN!!!

      December 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  12. The Jews

    Yes, we killed Jesus. You're welcome. If we hadn't killed him, you'd still be Jewish, or you'd have just waited around for a while and become Muslim. You'd also be celebrating Hanukah instead of Christmas, and let me tell you, these latkes can't hold a candle (ha!) to your fruitcake. You'd also have to eat matzah over Passover, instead of hunting for those little chocolate Easter eggs. So instead of blaming us Jews, you should be thanking us, because without us you wouldn't be Christians. And for this you criticize us and kill us? What is wrong with you people? When Jesus comes back, he is going to be seriously upset with you.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • ficheye

      Haw!!! I always enjoy this discussion. It's like talking about UFO's. Here we have two religious sects who think that the end of the world is coming and they do all they can to assure that it does. Their 'saviour' is dead, and going to stay dead forever. There is no giant hairy guy in the sky who is mad at us all the time. Adam and Eve didn't exist. Most of what is said in the bible is nonsense, written by people who lived in a desert. Boredom was their greatest resource. Hey!! That rock spoke to me!! Of course it did. And lest we forget, God could have let Sarah have kids... he's all powerful. Instead, he engineered it so that Abraham would impregnate her servant, Hagar, whereupon Ishmail was born. So god created the muslims. How wise!!! How all knowing!! Read your own book... completely.... then maybe you'll finally get it. But probably not.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Muslim

      It was only a matter of time before some jack Azz had to bring Muslims into this.. Nice going Jew....

      December 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  13. Bergerdrum

    If you're a Christian and believe that Jesus was pre-ordained to die for our sins and save the world by doing so, doesn't it seem just plain wrong to blame and hate the people who were the supposed instruments of "God's plan"?

    December 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  14. John C

    How can someone who didn't exist be killed? No god, or Jesus. Move on people.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • holly

      There is historical proof that Jesus did exist, you twit.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • John C

      Exist or not; he was not any son of god.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      @holly – no there isn't. There is only supposition, and last time I checked that doesn't count as fact.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  15. ron

    That's good. Stir it up then offer a smug apology.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  16. Steve

    Well, it is a comedy show, not necessarily the news, anyway.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  17. Andrew

    I'd like to know why the word "news" comes after Fox..it's just a big mouthpiece for the republicans. Oh, and who cares who killed Jesus?

    December 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  18. Faith and Peace

    I also want to know who killed SuperJesus.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • Meat Puppet

      my guess one of those 12 Charles Manson like characters that were always following JC around
      they were in it just for the free wine and the chicks
      5'9' he's divine – changes water into wine ......................

      December 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  19. dkhhuey

    Glad to see Fox is keeping up their journalistic integrity (cough cough) in other countries as well. Rupert and his administrators need to be tarred and feathered!

    December 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  20. LeoStotch

    Fox Latin America made Santa cry.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
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