- Fox News reporter Benjamin Hall pushed back against Greg Gutfeld’s claims that the media is emotionally manipulating its coverage of the war in Ukraine.
- Hall told Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro last Tuesday that the media wasn’t “trying to drum up some emotional response.”
- On Monday, Hall was injured while newsgathering in Kyiv, Ukraine, the network announced.
Fox News reporter Benjamin Hall — who was wounded in Ukraine on Monday — had pushed back on-air against “The Five” co-host Greg Gutfeld’s claims that the media is trying to evoke an emotional response to the war in Ukraine.
“This is not the media trying to drum up some emotional response. This is absolutely what’s happening,” Hall told Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro last Tuesday.
The cities “are being absolutely flattened,” he said. “From all corners of this country, people are fleeing for safety.”
Hall added that people from Mariupol are drinking water from puddles because they can’t get out of the city and that Red Cross busses can’t make it to civilians who need to be evacuated.
“It’s an absolute catastrophe. The people caught in the middle are the ones who are really suffering,” Hall added.
“We’re just saving our lives,” some refugees told Hall in a clip aired on Fox News.
“It is a tragic, tragic thing happening in this country,” Hall concluded. ‘But it is only set to get worse.”
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Last week, Gutfeld had said on Fox News: “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 for news companies.”
Fox News didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about Hall’s discussion on-air.
Hall was injured on Monday while newsgathering on the ground outside of Kyiv, Ukraine, John Roberts announced on-air.
A representative for Fox referred Insider to Roberts’ announcement when asked about Hall’s condition.