Fox News Airs Graphic Image Of Islamic State Prisoner On Fire

Fox News host Bret Baier introduces an image showing an ISIL prisoner being burned alive.
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February 3, 2015 6:51 p.m.

Fox News on Tuesday evening showed viewers an image from a video that appeared to show members of the Islamic State extremist group burning a captured Jordanian pilot alive.

Host Brett Baier warned viewers about the graphic content before the network aired the photos.

“The images are brutal. They are graphic. They are upsetting. You may want to turn away. You may want to have the children leave the room right now,” he told viewers.

But he added that the network was showing the image for a reason.

“The reason we’re showing you this is to bring you the reality of Islamic terrorism and to label it as such. We feel you need to see it so we will put up one of these images on your screen right now,” Baier said.

Fox then showed an image of Jordanian pilot Muath Al-Kaseasbeh being burned to death in a cage. (TPM has decided not to show the image or video.)

Baier described the image and the video, and then told viewers when it was no longer was on the screen.

Earlier on Tuesday, Fox News host Shep Smith said he did not want viewers to have to see the ISIL video, and instead described it in detail, as the Huffington Post noted. Smith described the video for more than 10 minutes, according to the Huffington Post.

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