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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. Eliot Stabler

    Of course it was the jews who killed Jesus.. there is no question about it. The historical evidence is undeniable and it can stand in any court of law even today. Jews killed Jesus. That is the verdict. Jews are and have been responsible for killing of hundreds of thousands of people ever since they came into being. The killing continues even now, just the tools are different in every era. Where they could kill directly as they do in Palestine, they go for it. Where the can't, they use their minions such as the American military to carryout the killings. Murder and killings is the most favourite hobby of the jews.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • bill.x

      oye! crawl back into thy hole.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Freethinker

      How can the Jews be blamed for Jesus' death when the Bible said that it happened according to God's plan. God planned for it to happen that way, and it did. So should the Judeo-Christian God be responsible instead?

      December 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  2. Mike P

    They should have had an "all of the above" answer. It was Pontius Pilate at the behest of the high priests and the Jewish crowd. I wish people would grow up about that fact - it's not like any of these figures' involvement barred them from gaining salvation by becoming Christians after the execution.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  3. Richard

    Maybe Fox should apologize for being such as**holes as they are. But whoever kills Hannity and Bill O'Reilly should be given medals.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  4. Where is Fox News standard reponse?!

    I'm shocked that Fox News did not issue their standard response that; it was only a joke and whoever is critizing the news network does not have a sense of humor....or they are liberal socialist communist pigs!!!

    Maybe next time when they are caught with their anti-semitic, bigoted and racist rants/comments/polls...they will follow up with this kind of response going forward for change?! Doubt it!!!!

    December 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  5. Jon

    Some very uneducated people on today. They say most of you read at an eighth grade level-giving you too much credit lol. A book is papers combined in one place with a thing called a binder to keep it together. It has thoughts and written words in that people that can write put to paper. Don't be scared try it-yo can get pre-K stuff online too since you believe U tube is creditable place to be educated.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  6. Ghodsma

    Ericus Holderius did it.
    The spear was brought in from across the border.
    There were witnesses.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  7. bill.x

    saying that jews killed jesus is a stupid as saying that the americans killed kennedy. they were all jews, specially jesus who was a rabbi. but the romans, a yes, romans wanted order and peace from their charges, so they liten to his detractors and performed the deed – as jesus planned it to be.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • amg

      yep

      December 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  8. Joe

    Yes Fox is obviously pandering to the right wing fringes, but that doesn't mean the whole question was stupid. There is still something to learn from it, perhaps it was a poor choice of answers. Oh and I believe Fox is completely slanted for the obvious purpose of pushing a right wing agenda along with the radio talk show quasi entertainment quasi pundit clowns.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  9. Richard

    I guess God is responsible for Jesus's death. Had he not put the tree in the Gargen of Eden, nor that talking snake Eve would not have been tempted and gotten Adam to eat of the fruit too. Since then we have been sinfull. Then God could not take it anymore and decided to come to Earth as a man and have himself crucified to forgive our sins. Its all about Him.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  10. Naija

    If Jews was replaced by Arabs as part of the choices you won't be hearing any hoopla,Why pull it,you get to know how much people really know.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  11. Naija

    If Jews was replaced by as part of the choices you won't be hearing any hoopla,Why pull it,you get to know how much people really know.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  12. shamgar50

    Idiots provide us with so much amusement.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  13. PPJr

    A God almighty sent his son with a purpose to be crucified and so redeem our sins. How can anyone speak of "Killing the Jesus"?

    December 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Livelystone

      Amen... Fox needs to understand that Jesus was the passover lamb slain for the sins of the world

      If anyone killed Him...... we all did

      December 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • MOCaseA

      Maybe because he was hung on a cross and stabbed through the lung and in the heart while he hung there. Yeah, I know a lot of people who were drowning in their own sp it and blood, that were then delivered a fatal stab wound, left hanging in the hot middle eastern sun for a few more hours, then treated with caustic herbs that are now walking around today...

      December 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Rubedo

      Livelystone-–You are right. And we are still hammering the nails with the continuous sins of greed, theft, murder, lack of decency and morality, corruption and lies, etc. We are such fools to pick and choose the rules we want to live by. It's ok to purposely hurt others. It's ok to lie to others. It's ok to steal from others. It's ok to take someone's life. Just because you can; like wild animal behavior. The second coming will not be pleasant.

      January 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  14. Joe

    It's a legitimate question, it doesn't mean anything if the selection was a Jew, Gentile, or Muslim. That simple allows people to pontificate it, but hopefully people would see above the curve and realize it was society itself not a religion that makes actions happen.

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

      True, a legitimate question but a stupid one. Jesus was a Jew. Most people around him at the time were Jews, simply meaning they believed in the Old Testament. They just didn't believe he was the son of God, until apparently three days lated when he rose up and told them so I guess...if that makes sense...to anyone reasonable?

      December 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  15. Julie

    What a stupid poll – and Latin American or not – put up by a broadcasting concern whose record of lies and manipulation of data to support regressive agendas amounts to modern day yellow journalism.
    If you're a Christian, then you know that Christ was doomed to die from the moment of his birth. Had he not died to atone for the sins of man, Christianity wouldn't exist, or would have survived only as a crank Jewish cult. In other words – IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO KILLED JESUS YOU STUPID PEOPLE. We ALL did – and he accepted it because it was his reason for being. The specific mechanics of the process are virtually irrelevant.
    Polls like this are good for only ONE thing – and that is the reinforcement and propagation of anti-Semitism – hatred. It has no place in true Christianity or in intelligent human society.
    Instead of indulging in ignorant polls posted by manipulative fools like Fox, who are only trying to distract people with garbage while they rob them to support right-wing elitists – go educate yourself. Read a book like "A History Of The Jews" by Paul Johnson. It might open your eyes to recognize the same old dreary, hateful, anti-Semitic lies that have been used by those in power for 2500 years to benefit themselves at the expense of their peoples intelligence and, often, their wealth.

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

      Spot on.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Mark

      Religion? Why?

      December 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  16. Ruth

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPKZ78cIH8c

    December 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  17. k

    Jesus most likely never existed, the story about him was a fake, if he did exist he was a glorified David Koresh, but considering it is impossible to rise after being dead, odds are they just made up the story, the Bible has so many lies in it, would not surprise me if it was just another story

    December 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Jon

      Yeah he fooled everyone-you ever read a book. He was written on by many, many people during the time. Someone fooled 1/3 of the planet :] Crawl back under that rock. Almost every place in the Bible has been found and many times thanks to the Bible they found it. the historical people have all been verified. The Bible is the most printed and sold book on earth and the first book published by a printing press. You are a confused person-really reading is fundamental.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Matt

      Well said. He's mythological. Pretty much an amalgamation of earlier savior gods...

      December 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • shamgar50

      I'm afraid you're full of it Jon. Very little if anything about jesus has been verified. Just because many people believe something, doesn't make it a fact. Once, most people thought the earth was flat. I think they may have been proven wrong. What's your bible say about that?

      December 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Jon

      He was reported on by Romans of the times and historians? Do you guys really not get out that much? U Tube training strikes again. Please try to get an education soon.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  18. HolyChrist

    So, Jesus is dead? Then why are so many people asking him for stuff?

    December 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Jon

      Your educational level is showing. Hey, they wanted more olives on that sub. Get back to work.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  19. Mark

    Since the population back then was primarily Jewish (there weren't many Christians back then, as Jesus had just started his work,) and Roman to a lesser degree, it's sort of a moot question. The crowd wanted Barabbas freed, not Jesus and that crowd would have been made up primarily of jews. Had this happened in Egypt or Persia, you would have had a different demographic. I guess this is what is referred to as revisionist history.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Iconoclast

      Well, since the first "gospels" were written at least 40 years after Jesus supposedly died it's all revisionist history, if it's history at all. Besides which if you buy into the narrative Jesus' death was pre-ordained, pre-planned and executed by his loving "father" JHVH himself. Also if you believe the narrative, he's not actually dead right? yeah riggghhht......

      December 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • MOCaseA

      Yeah... Go get a real education....

      Saying the majority of the population back then was Jewish is like someone reading the Issac Asimov 2,000 years from now and believing World War II was fought between Androids and Aliens.

      The Bible centers around the Jewish people of the time, who were then, and still are, a minority of people in the region. If you read the bible in Hieroglyphics then maybe you would say the Egyptians were the major population, and again you would be wrong. At the time the bible indicate Christ existed the major population, was Greek, with the Romans on the rise. If you escape from the blinder the bible uses and take a look at the Mediterranean world The Romans themselves were the major population. If you look at the whole world the largest civilization of the time was the South American Natives! (Aztecs, Inca's and Mayans). So please, go read your bible and believe your half truths and dogmatic lies. I'll go with proven archeological records any day.

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

      To MOCaseA, I was referring to the population of Jersulem at the time, not the entire country.

      December 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  20. Fox Latin America?

    I thought that Fox was only this stupid in the US, where mouth-breathing, Christian fundies like to destroy logic. I had no idea they were an internationally inept network.

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

      Such evil cannot be contained.

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

      They are inept on other planets as well.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • mms55

      really?then you must of missed what these so called "christians" are doing in africa with their kill the gays agenda.sure doesn't sound like something jesus would advocate.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
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