After a rash of mistakes and apologies over the past weeks, Fox News has sent a memo to employees announcing a new “zero tolerance” policy for on-screen errors.
FishBowlDC obtained the memo, sent last Friday, which warns mistakes could lead to written warnings, suspensions and termination.
The network is also going to “zero base” its news production, according to the memo.
That means we will start by going to air with only the most essential, basic, and manageable elements. To share a key quote from today’s meeting: “It is more important to get it right, than it is to get it on.” We may then build up again slowly as deadlines and workloads allow so that we can be sure we can quality check everything before it makes air, and we never having to explain, retract, qualify or apologize again.
Call me stupid. I will never believe that the incident on Hannity’s show, where footage of Glenn Beck’s 9/12 protest were used to illustrate Michelle Bachmann’s much smaller event hence deceiving the audience, was a mistake.