Fox News Cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski was confirmed killed in Ukraine on Monday.
The Fox News CEO issued a statement expressing sorrow for his loss. Hundreds of civilians have been killed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began in late February. Over three million Ukrainians have fled their homes to Poland and surrounding countries, seeking shelter from the war.
Fox News CEO Offers Condolences For The Passing Of Pierre Zakrzewski
1) Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott: It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news this morning regarding our beloved cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski. Pierre was killed in Horenka, outside of Kyiv, Ukraine.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 15, 2022
On Tuesday, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott posted a statement to Twitter regarding his passing.
“Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott: It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news this morning regarding our beloved cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski. Pierre was killed in Horenka, outside of Kyiv, Ukraine,” tweeted Fox News reporter Chad Pergram.
“Pierre was with Benjamin Hall yesterday newsgathering when their vehicle was struck by incoming fire,” the statement continued. “Pierre was a war zone photographer who covered nearly every international story for FOX News from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria during his long tenure with us.”
“His passion and talent as a journalist were unmatched,” Scott added. “Based in London, Pierre had been working in Ukraine since February.”
The response was met with backlash from users, who accused Fox News of supporting Russia and downplaying the severity of the Russian invasion.
Ukraine Supports Are Angry At Fox News After Pierre Zakrzewski’s Death
After Greg Gutfeld said the media is airing emotionally manipulating viewers on Ukraine to push a narrative, Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall pushes back:
“Speaking as someone on the ground, I want to say that this is not the media trying to drum up some emotional response.” pic.twitter.com/QFom203TCB
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) March 8, 2022
Fox News correspondent Greg Gutfeld said on air that the media was just trying to drum up an emotional response to the Ukraine invasion and downplayed the severity of the situation on the ground.
“This is a lot like other stories… in which an image is taken and then played over and over and over again to create some kind of emotional response out of you, because that makes a profit,” Gutfeld had said.
However, he was reprimanded by Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall, who said, “Speaking as someone on the ground, I want to say that this is not the media trying to drum up some emotional response.”
“I can only imagine the shame some Fox on air personalities must be feeling for having taken Russia’s side in this conflict only to have Russian soliders kill one of their colleagues,” one user commented. “And all the while the Russians are playing Fox clips on state tv to promote the war.”
“Did Tucker Carlson sign the sympathy card? Surely Fox will stop broadcasting Russian propaganda now,” another commented, to which another user replied, “Don’t count on it.”
Unfortunately, Pierre Zakrzewski is not the only reporter to have passed away this week.
The New York Times Is ‘Deeply Saddened’ To Hear Of Brent Renaud’s Death
.@nytimes is deeply saddened to learn of the death of an American journalist in Ukraine, Brent Renaud.
Brent was a talented photographer and filmmaker, but he was not on assignment for @nytimes in Ukraine.
Full statement is here. pic.twitter.com/bRcrnNDacQ
— Cliff Levy (@cliffordlevy) March 13, 2022
On Sunday, journalist and filmmaker Brent Renaud was killed in the shelling in the city of Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of Brent Renaud’s death,” the New York Times said in a tweet. “Brent was a talented photographer and filmmaker who contributed to The New York Times over the years. Though he had contributed to The Times in the past (most recently in 2015), he was not on assignment for any desk at The Times in Ukraine. Early reports that he worked for Times circulated because he was wearing a Times press badge that had been issued for an assignment many years ago.”
Cliff Levy added, “@nytimes is deeply saddened to learn of the death of an American journalist in Ukraine, Brent Renaud. Brent was a talented photographer and filmmaker, but he was not on assignment for @nytimes in Ukraine.”
“Brent’s death is a terrible loss,” he continued. “Brave journalists like Brent take tremendous risks to bear witness and to tell the world about the devastation and suffering caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”