Headline RoundupMarch 15th, 2022

Veteran Fox News Cameraman Killed in Ukraine

Summary from the AllSides News Team

News outlets across the spectrum marked the death of veteran Fox News (Right bias) cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski in Ukraine on Tuesday. 

On Monday, the vehicle Zakrzewski was traveling in was hit by incoming fire in Horenka, a suburb near Kyiv. Zakrzewski was accompanied by Ukrainian Fox News producer Oleksandra Kuvshynova, who was also killed, and Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall, who remained hospitalized on Tuesday. In a statement, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said Zakrzewski was “profoundly committed to telling the story and his bravery, professionalism and work ethic were renowned among journalists at every media outlet,” adding, “He was wildly popular – everyone in the media industry who has covered a foreign story knew and respected Pierre.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged Zakrzewski’s death and esteemed career on Tuesday, saying, “Our thoughts, our prayers are with his family, with the entire community as well.” Zakrzewski was not the first American journalist to die covering Russia’s invasion of Ukraine; documentary filmmaker Brent Renaud was killed on Sunday.

Coverage of Zakrzewski’s death was prominently featured in major outlets across the spectrum. While Ukraine’s defense ministry said the journalists’ vehicle was attacked by Russian troops, coverage tended to omit the identity of the attackers by saying the vehicle simply “came under attack.” Update 9:05 PM ET: Added Oleksandra Kuvshynova's role as a Fox News producer; several outlets only referred to her as a "Ukrainian journalist." While Fox News did not mention her in its initial article about Zakrsewski, it published a separate article about her death later that day. 

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