We want to apologize to you, our loyal viewers, for an incident that occurred during "Happening Now" earlier today. Correspondent Griff Jenkins was covering one of the "Anti-Tax Tea Parties" underway throughout the nation today, this one at Lafayette Park across from the White House. Griff was reporting live as we always try to do during our two hours, talking to participants and finding out what motivates them to take part. As he was speaking to some of them--and to you watching his coverage--a few nearby participants struck up an a capella rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner".
Their patriotic message was as beautiful as it was spontaneous, but it put Griff in the uncomfortable position of having to finish his reporting by "talking over" the national anthem, something we strive never to do on Fox News Channel.
Having been a reporter, live in the field, for many years, I can sympathize with Griff's plight; he could stop speaking and let the anthem be heard, in which case the thrust of his story would not get out. Or he could continue to report--which is what he did. With an earpiece in one ear to hear instructions from our producers in New York, and the open ear listening to the folks he was interviewing, he might not have even heard the song that erupted around him--"live shots" can get very hectic, and the pressure on our correspondents is often tremendous.
So for those of you, who are upset with us, please accept this explanation with our apologies. It was absolute happenstance, a bad bit of timing--and completely unintentional on Griff's part.
We thank you for honoring our Anthem with your comments and, as always, we are grateful you're watching "Happening Now".
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