“We want to clarify and correct something that happened earlier in the show,” Ed Henry, host of “Fox & Friends,” said Sunday. “We had an inaccurate graphic on screen while talking about this very story. We just want to be clear, the funding is being cut off to the three Central American countries. We apologize for the error.”
But before the apology came the tweet, the disbelief, the jokes and the reflection. And before all that, there was the chyron.
On Sunday, “Fox & Friends” quickly jumped to news of the president’s plans to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to three Central American countries over the flow of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump has already warned of closing the border.
As Henry talked about the president “going full-court press on Mexico” and co-host Pete Hegseth spoke of “cutting payments, aid payments, to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras,” a chyron — the caption superimposed over the video — characterized it slightly differently. It referred to them as “3 Mexican countries.”
The chyron was soon shared by a Twitter account that looks to publicize “awkward images, clumsy captions, flawed headlines, & memorable moments as seen on the Fox networks & ‘Fox presidency.’”
The (bipartisan) jokes
The report added, “Trump’s action was the culmination of a months-long battle in the U.S. government over the aid program, which grew substantially under the Obama administration and was intended to address the root causes of migration — violence, a lack of jobs and poverty.”
Later in the show, Henry would apologize for the chyron, saying that “it never should have happened.”