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(BBC)   Arizona woman sues Fox News after her children watch Youtube videos   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 148
    More: Followup, News Corp., JoDon Romero, George A. Romero, YouTube, psychological trauma, post-traumatic stress disorders, suicides  
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2013-06-18 12:08:58 AM  
It sucks that the children witnessed their father killing himself.  On the other hand.  Said father has some responsibility for being someone who leads police on an hour long chase and then killing himself.
 
2013-06-18 12:21:46 AM  
Oh hell.  If this actually happened the way that that they say it happened...

Yeah, those kids would be traumatized by it.  How much blame should be heaped upon Fox News is debatable.

But, yeah, no doubt about it, kids watching their father commit suicide, that's going to leave emotional marks that'll last well into adulthood.
 
2013-06-18 12:23:03 AM  
hell, i know someone who came home from school to find daddy had killed mommy and then himself.

talk about traumatic...
 
2013-06-18 12:23:45 AM  
I say we pay all lawyers 20 million a year with the catch that we randomly hang 100 of them a year
 
2013-06-18 12:23:52 AM  
Yeah, I can totally see where the mom is coming from here. I'd say that's about 480,000 dollars worth of pain and suffering.
 
2013-06-18 12:24:13 AM  
I'm pretty sure the dude killing himself inflicted the emotional distress.

Also, freedom of the press.
 
2013-06-18 12:24:25 AM  
I watched this live.  I cannot imagine what the kids went through.  Although I am sure Fox News wishes every car chase ended like that.

But the thing was, based on his body movements, one could really tell the man was disturbed, frightened, terrified.  You could sense that he felt it was his best option.  Sad, really.
 
2013-06-18 12:24:36 AM  
I smell bullshiat...-sniff sniff- No .. no that is money out of court settlement.
 
2013-06-18 12:25:03 AM  
If this suit moves forward it will do more to protect copyrights and aid takedown requests than the RIAA has done in its whole history.
 
2013-06-18 12:27:08 AM  
How about we sue the mom for procreating with a lunatic? Hmm!?
 
2013-06-18 12:27:14 AM  
Who was watching the kids while this all went down?
LOOK HONEY! THAT'S YOUR DADDY!
 
2013-06-18 12:27:30 AM  
What Hispanic, in their right mind, would watch Fox News?  Smelling the bullshiat.
 
2013-06-18 12:27:52 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: How about we sue the mom for procreating with a lunatic? Hmm!?


You may be right. He may be crazy. But it just might have been a lunatic she was searching for.
 
2013-06-18 12:27:56 AM  
I'd of paid $20000 to watch my old man off himself on TV.
 
2013-06-18 12:28:18 AM  

srhp29: I'm pretty sure the dude killing himself inflicted the emotional distress.

Also, freedom of the press.


Having a parent kill himself is going to be traumatic.  But nothing close to the amount of damage done by actually witnessing it.

And there 'are' decency standards for television.  No nudity and no 'real' graphic violence.  I'm sure Fox News didn't go into this expecting a suicide on live TV, but all the same, there's some level of responsibility that they have to take for the footage that they filmed.
 
2013-06-18 12:28:52 AM  
Fox has no real liability here... They showed an event live as it happens, in public view... Anything seen from public view is fair game. Yeah it is crass, but protected as newsworthy. The plaintiff has no claim.
 
2013-06-18 12:28:58 AM  

TheSwizz: What Hispanic, in their right mind, would watch Fox News?  Smelling the bullshiat.


Hispanics, as a group, are generally very socially conservative.

Plus Fox News has a lot of really sexy white women reporters.
 
2013-06-18 12:30:08 AM  

TommyymmoT: Who was watching the kids while this all went down?
LOOK HONEY! THAT'S YOUR DADDY!


Read the article.  They heard rumors in school that there was some suicide on Fox News.  They went home and looked it up on youtube and only realized it was their father right before he shot himself.
 
2013-06-18 12:31:02 AM  
Kids aged "nine, 13 and 15" , don't generally watch the news.
 
2013-06-18 12:31:03 AM  
Call me nuts but couldn't their emotional issues stem from the fact that their loser of a father killed himself?  Also it's not like Fake News put it on the internet.  As much as I hate that network this is the dumbest lawsuit I've heard of in at least the last 24 hours.
It would have been longer but I read a Cracked.com article about frivolous lawsuits then googled "frivolous lawsuits" and read a bunch of even dumber lawsuits just two days ago.
 
2013-06-18 12:31:05 AM  

MrBentor: Fox has no real liability here... They showed an event live as it happens, in public view... Anything seen from public view is fair game. Yeah it is crass, but protected as newsworthy. The plaintiff has no claim.


You're forgetting decency standards.
 
2013-06-18 12:31:11 AM  
Hey man. Nice shot.

(What!? I'm talking to the cameraman.)
 
2013-06-18 12:31:19 AM  
"Romero's children heard rumours at school of a suicide on live television. They went home and searched for the footage on YouTube, only realising it was their father while watching. "

They did not watch it live, the innocent little buggers rushed home to hopefully find a video of a stranger killing himself on youtube. The only thing that is needed in this case is a psychological evaluation of the 12 year olds who wanted to watch a man kill himself on TV/internet.

/f'in British grammar.
 
2013-06-18 12:31:39 AM  
BOOM!  HEADSHOT!
 
2013-06-18 12:31:50 AM  

TommyymmoT: Kids aged "nine, 13 and 15" , don't generally watch the news.


Read the article.
 
2013-06-18 12:32:06 AM  
I watched it live, too.  So I should get a piece of that settlement.
 
2013-06-18 12:32:16 AM  

Infernalist: TommyymmoT: Who was watching the kids while this all went down?
LOOK HONEY! THAT'S YOUR DADDY!

Read the article.  They heard rumors in school that there was some suicide on Fox News.  They went home and looked it up on youtube and only realized it was their father right before he shot himself.


Ooops.
 
2013-06-18 12:32:40 AM  

PapaChester: "Romero's children heard rumours at school of a suicide on live television. They went home and searched for the footage on YouTube, only realising it was their father while watching. "

They did not watch it live, the innocent little buggers rushed home to hopefully find a video of a stranger killing himself on youtube. The only thing that is needed in this case is a psychological evaluation of the 12 year olds who wanted to watch a man kill himself on TV/internet.

/f'in British grammar.


"Hey, you guys want to see a dead body?"

/obscure?
 
2013-06-18 12:33:10 AM  
 
2013-06-18 12:33:13 AM  

ThatDarkFellow: I say we pay all lawyers 20 million a year with the catch that we randomly hang 100 of them a year


Maybe do a Hunger Ganes riff with 100 of them given real 9mms and 100 given dummy 9mms. Let's see whose left at the end. Spin the wheel, cull the  herd.
 
2013-06-18 12:33:58 AM  
Pick one:

A.

cdn.stripersonline.com

or

B.

www.micafeina.com


/ sucks to be you, but your husband / dad was news
 
2013-06-18 12:34:01 AM  
Anyone have a link, we could all vouch for each other that we were close friends of JoDon and start a class action.
 
2013-06-18 12:35:48 AM  
Has anyone considered that maybe it wasn't suicide, and that he's just a really, really bad shot?
 
2013-06-18 12:36:23 AM  
Wait, you can claim injury from watching Fox News? I'm in!
 
2013-06-18 12:37:07 AM  
You killed my baby daddy, someone gotta pay for the kids!
 
2013-06-18 12:37:14 AM  

Infernalist: But, yeah, no doubt about it, kids watching their father commit suicide, that's going to leave emotional marks that'll last well into adulthood.


As someone who at age 11 spent three hours in a car in the driveway trying to convince his father not to kill himself, only to be awakened the next morning by my mother and finding out my father was dead, I can vouch. I'm 51 now, and I still think about it every day.
 
2013-06-18 12:38:03 AM  

Farty McPooPants: I watched it live, too.  So I should get a piece of that settlement.


There was a guy who wanted a part of the 9/11 money because from his office, he could see the planes taking off in Boston.
 
2013-06-18 12:38:35 AM  
Truly awful.
Someone send me the link.
 
2013-06-18 12:38:40 AM  
Way to milk a rotten cow! Go find a job woman!
 
2013-06-18 12:39:30 AM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Infernalist: But, yeah, no doubt about it, kids watching their father commit suicide, that's going to leave emotional marks that'll last well into adulthood.

As someone who at age 11 spent three hours in a car in the driveway trying to convince his father not to kill himself, only to be awakened the next morning by my mother and finding out my father was dead, I can vouch. I'm 51 now, and I still think about it every day.


Nine years old, came home from school, found my mother in bed.  She'd overdosed on 'something' and convinced herself that she was pregnant and needed to get the baby out.  She used a pair of scissors.

And people wonder why I'm so farked up.
 
2013-06-18 12:41:05 AM  
So, the kids, thinking it would be really cool to watch some dude kill himself on the internet, deliberately loaded up the video...still not knowing it was their father...and we are expected to feel bad for them because they happened to know they guy the wanted to watch kill himself?  Really?  I wonder if they laughed about it and made fun of the guy and then later found out it was Dad...

If this woman gets a dime, it is a crime.
 
2013-06-18 12:41:17 AM  

PapaChester: "Romero's children heard rumours at school of a suicide on live television. They went home and searched for the footage on YouTube, only realising it was their father while watching. "

They did not watch it live, the innocent little buggers rushed home to hopefully find a video of a stranger killing himself on youtube. The only thing that is needed in this case is a psychological evaluation of the 12 year olds who wanted to watch a man kill himself on TV/internet.


Pretty much this. Had it been someone else's dad they would both thought "Cool!" Joke's on them. Maybe next time they won't treat someone's death as a spectator sport.
 
2013-06-18 12:43:02 AM  
So let me get this right, they had time to get to school, come back, and no one had bothered to tell them their father was dead ?
 
2013-06-18 12:43:29 AM  
They probably aren't going to school because everyone at school watched their dad kill himself on the internet.
This is 95% Dad's fault...4% their own fault...I'll give FOX 1% on this one.
 
2013-06-18 12:46:51 AM  

Mokmo: So let me get this right, they had time to get to school, come back, and no one had bothered to tell them their father was dead ?


Uh... this.
 
2013-06-18 12:47:29 AM  
I used to live near a person that committed suicide after I moved away - can I sue Fox too?  Not that I don't think foxnews should be sued at any opportunity, but...
 
2013-06-18 12:50:11 AM  

Infernalist: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Infernalist: But, yeah, no doubt about it, kids watching their father commit suicide, that's going to leave emotional marks that'll last well into adulthood.

As someone who at age 11 spent three hours in a car in the driveway trying to convince his father not to kill himself, only to be awakened the next morning by my mother and finding out my father was dead, I can vouch. I'm 51 now, and I still think about it every day.

Nine years old, came home from school, found my mother in bed.  She'd overdosed on 'something' and convinced herself that she was pregnant and needed to get the baby out.  She used a pair of scissors.

And people wonder why I'm so farked up.


Perhaps they should be amazed that you're so normal. I've had you favorited for a long time.

You and I also possibly share ancestry. My great-grandfather was pure-blooded Comanche. He was the first Indian deeded land-owner in the Indian Territories. He married a white woman in the 1890s. I met her once, she lived until 1973. She came west on a covered wagon, and lived long enough to see a man land on the Moon.
 
2013-06-18 12:50:53 AM  
The kids heard about a video of someone killing themselves and tried to find it.
They found it.
They realized it was their daddy before he killed himself
They could have stopped watching at that point.
Sounds like an M. Night Shyamalan twist ending.

How did this get on youtube anyway?
 
2013-06-18 12:52:53 AM  

Infernalist: Oh hell.  If this actually happened the way that that they say it happened...

Yeah, those kids would be traumatized by it.  How much blame should be heaped upon Fox News is debatable.

But, yeah, no doubt about it, kids watching their father commit suicide, that's going to leave emotional marks that'll last well into adulthood.


That ship sailed a long time ago. Their father was named JoDon and wore sports jerseys.
 
2013-06-18 12:54:57 AM  
Way to pick out a winner, mom.
 
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