Here’s a screenshot of a woman in the Fox News report (Note: The link to the video now redirects to another story):
And here’s an Associated Press photo of someone who looks a lot like that woman (passed along by Phillips):
That woman is grieving another tragedy altogether — an avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 16 Sherpa guides. “You show that to any sort of Korean immigrant who lives in the United States, and they’ll say those aren’t Koreans,” says Phillips.
In his letter to Fox News, Phillips wrote, “[W]e strongly believe that the people in the video are not Korean and the place where the video was filmed is not in Korea as well. This is based not only on a strong cultural intuition about the appearance of the people but also the architecture of the buildings in the background. And we have received comments about the video from the Korean communities in the United States. The commonality of the remarks and complaints we have heard and read is the denial that the people in the video are not Koreans and the country in which they are in is not Korea.”
Correct: Fox News today confirmed the screw-up to the Erik Wemple Blog. “The wrong video was mistakenly pulled from the international feed. We regret this error and have corrected the footage online and will address it on air, as well,” says David Clark, Fox News’s executive producer for weekend news and programming. Indeed, file this one in the category of innocent broadcasting errors — mourning over the April 16 ferry accident and the April 18 Mount Everest avalanche was happening concurrently.
A Fox News spokeswoman says the network was unaware of any complaints about the report.