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

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soundoff (1,653 Responses)
  1. moonster

    It was the Romans legal system that did Christ in. Plus, there were more than just Jews in the crowd that day.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  2. Deutch

    If Jews deny Christ' killing, then perhaps European Christians should deny the holocaust.... same thing!

    December 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  3. Zooter

    Seeing as how the hole thing was pre-determined, shouldn't "God" have been the answer?

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

      Yes and no. At that time predetermined was not seen or understood.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  4. Linda

    We all should know...........Jesus was born to Joseph & Marry............a Jewish couple............so therefore Jesus was Jewish.......and as far as who killed him.....the correct answer is the "ROMANS"......although the Church of the LDS..AND OTHERS.. still preach that the Jews killed him...........how absurd......the Jews were around way before Christianity......and are peace-loving people...........

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

      Linda get educated and tell the truth. JEWS DID KILL JESUS CHRIST! Yes Jesus was Jew, but his own people killed him because he said he was the messiah!!!!!

      December 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • GodPot

      Sounds like some Germans are still tied to their false narrative about Christ. A small group of Jewish priests conspired to have Jesus arrested by the Romans and put to death by order of Pontius Pilate by Roman soldiers. Supposedly whatever mixed crowd had gathered had the option to free one of the condemned, but to lay the blame for that on the millions of Jews throughout history? Really? How small minded and pathetic are you?

      December 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  5. Shlomo Berg

    I am Jew and yes the Jewish killed Jesus Christ, we can't deny that. BUT, my people only killed one person, why not stop this hatred for 2000 years? If we admitt it, will they stop?

    December 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • xnay

      The Palestinians are asking the same thing

      December 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • GodPot

      You can deny it, because they have no proof it happened. And even if it did, how can you be blamed for killing their God when he was just having you fulfill the prophecy about his apparently needed demise. And then had his Church persecute and murder your ancestors for the next two thousand years in retribution, sounds like you guys should be fighting the Christians instead of the Muslims to me...

      December 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • SightSeer

      You are a liar, "Shlomo Berg." And spoken like a true fool, racist, and Fox news fan.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Mari

      Mr Berg, I can't understand why they took this senseless poll. But when I saw you was behind it, FOX, I understood how they thrive on divisiveness. Please know that not all people who call themselves Christians have the same negative sentiments about our fellow Jewish brothers and sisters. I'm not psychic, but I bet I can predict that FOX will be up to something similar around Passover and Easter . Shalom

      December 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  6. Doc Vestibule

    Mel Gibson says it was teh Jews – and if you can't trust Mad Max....

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

    WATCH "PASSION OF THE CHRIST" and you'll see exactly what happened. The crowd made up by Jews wanted Barabbas released and kill Christ instead. WE WILL NEVER FORGET THIS!

    December 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      Because you believe a story written about it 70 years later in a different language?

      December 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  8. HIlariousness

    I find it more offensive that people actually get offended by crap like this... I couldn't care less about who killed a mythological figure in a fiction book written centuries ago... If Jewish people really get offended by this it's thanks to their own insecurity.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • matt

      Their own insecurity, or perhaps, the fact that the death of Jesus being the fault of Jews has been used as an excuse throughout history to persecute them? I can understand that they'd be a little nervous about that issue. Although, I do agree with the rest of your statement regarding the fact that it's all fairy tales for adults with absolutely no basis in fact.

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

      lol yup, it's really like asking "Who killed obi-wan?" And the answers being "Darth Vader", "The Empire", or "The Council"

      December 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  9. KD in Kentucky

    Nobody killed Jesus. God saved him before anybody could murder him. Somebody else was crucified in his place that people thought it was him. People at the time changed the truth and history to Jesus being killed!

    December 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  10. Christine

    Jews are Christ killers.... the entire world knows that these damn zionists!!!!!!

    December 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  11. mms55

    there was only 1 christian and he died,what we have now are christians in name only.the hypocracy of christians turned me off years ago.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  12. JC

    Who Killed Jesus....We all did,...He came freely and died so our Sins could be forgiven.....Thank You Jesus

    December 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • ttwp


      December 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • max

      not quite. only for those that ask. i wouldnt ask a mythical creature to forgive my sins. that is a sign of dementia.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  13. Tom

    Fox News is the product of moronic thinking. Yes, even morons think, but their decisions are far from appropriate.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  14. Anna

    JEWS DID KILL JESUS CHRIST but since they own and operate media they try to get away with it and blame it on the Romans!

    December 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  15. Eliot Stabler


    December 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • matt

      Because you were there and saw it happen, right?

      December 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  16. malcolm

    what about "The Romans"...

    December 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  17. Pastafarian

    So, a rare serious question to you christians out there... If Jesus was the son of God, and put on this Earth specifically to die for our sins, but he is really part of an immortal trinity, what kind of sacrifice was this really? I mean, he's the son of God, and therefore immrtal, so what's the big deal if his human-like version was killed? I really don't get htat. So someone help me out.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • malcolm

      you are in the arena of pious myth, meaning its a matter of faith, meaning it doesn't have to make sense...

      December 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • lgny

      Think of it as comparable to water boarding. At the intellectual level you know they won't kill you, but it sure feels like it at the visceral level. Being tortured, forced to carry a heavy cross through town, being nailed to it until the body dies, is hardly a pleasant experience even if you're an immortal.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • HeHasRizen

      Well his parents on Earth were Mary and Joesph. He had to put his faith out there and he died for our sins. Jesus is coming soon everyone. Please repent and be forgiven as this is not our home

      December 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • JC

      100% man ( felt pain, rejection ) 100% GOD....He didnt have to come down off HIS Thrown, but wanted to just to have fellowship with someone like me...someone like you....He showed His true Love for us.

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

      LOL, at the mental gymnastics Christians have to do in order to function in today's society whilst maintaining their belief in a fairy tale about a Jewish Zombie.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • max

      there should be a change in the bible. god so loved the world he gave his only begotten son, to experience pain on the cross. since he experienced pain, no sacrifices are required any more.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Dave Davis

      Sir, you have forgotten to factor in the "PAIN" that our Lord endured. Jesus Christ was both fully God and fully man. Read the four Gospels: you find where Jesus was tempted, hungry, tired, thirsty, angry, wept, joyful, etc. These are normal human emotions. So, even though Jesus knew that He ultimately would be Resurrected, it was still a major sacrifice in pain, horror, and humiliation to go and DIE on the Cross.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Dumb.ass rabble rouser got nailed to a cross. So what. Romans did that to thousands. As for doing it for our sins, gee I don't see how it accomplished anything – then to now.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  18. DJCowboy

    It was the 1992 Broncos!

    December 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • Larry

      Finally, a sensible answer.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  19. Bill Mosby

    Jesus pretty much arranged his own death, you could say, although he was heavily influenced by his Father in that. His Father was not Jewish as far as we know, right?

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

      Exactly, I see you actually read and understand the Word.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  20. DB in Illinois

    If there's one thing you can say about these types of "surveys" is that they certainly help to divide and splinter society even more so than it already is thus enhancing the "us versus them" kind of thinking. Wait a minute! That's what FOX is aiming to do. Do you think that FOX's executives may have gotten their training from the Joseph Goebbels School Of Journalism?

    December 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      Sorry–you've invoked Godwin's Law (though I do have to give you props for naming the correct member of Hitler's cabinet).

      December 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
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