The latest Fox News meltdown was seemingly overlooked during adifficultweekfortheUS, but it's worth revisiting now.

During last Sunday's Fox & Friends, a kind of evil version of BBC Breakfast, co-presenter Pete Hegseth was meant to throw an axe at a (quite large) target during a segment on lumberjack games.

However he totally fluffed his throw, and the axe careered into marching band drummer Jeff Prosperie, who was standing behind the target.

This actually happened.

The version that appeared on the show that day never showed the axe hitting anyone, and in a later segment Hegseth actually interviewed drummer Prosperie of the West Point Band, without any mention or visible sign of any injury.

However, Prosperie later posted on Facebook a new video that spliced together footage aired on Fox and that shot from a mobile phone, clearly showing the axe hitting him.


I was hit by an axe while performing a drum solo live on national TV... words I never imagined saying.

When people asked him for more details, he said:

My leadership told me they were told there would be no axe-throwing. I think the anchor person went rogue and decided to throw it. He had only thrown it once before in practice for an upcoming segment and they told him to throw it with more force.

Prosperie added:

The actual part where the axe hit me was not televised. Poor decision, obvious negligence, should not have happened, could have been avoided. When shooting or throwing, always know what is behind your target. Basic safety rule. I'm feeling blessed on Father's day with my five children, alive, and with all limbs.

So there you have it, Fox News may be the most-trusted news network in the US, but if you appear on one of its shows there's a small chance you might get a double-headed axe thrown at you.

HT Mediaite

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