Fox 4 Freaked Out About a "Gruesome" Rat While Reporting on a Deadly Car Crash

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Journalism is dangerous work. One never knows who -- or what -- one might encounter. In the case of Fox 4's Latoya Silmon, it was a rodent.

She described her reaction on Facebook:

Omg just screamed to the top if my lungs!!! A rat just crawled by us. We are on the side of i30 at east chase. Yikes!!!

Silmon posted this a few minutes before reporting that three people -- two adults and an infant -- had been killed in a car wreck a few steps away. Maybe it seemed at the time like a bad crash but not fatal.

But Fox 4 very much knew that three people were dead, and that a 41-year-old man had been arrested for intoxication, when it posted a video of her reaction on Facebook, describing it as "[t]he gruesome 'rat' horror that Latoya Silmon FOX 4 had to deal during her live shot."

Never fear. Silmon made it through the ordeal with only minor emotional scarring.

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JustSaying
JustSaying

Looks like that rat prefers Camels. If someone shaved the rat we would be able to tell if they are Camel straights or menthols.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I have to give Shaun Rabb and Fil Alvarado a lot of credit doing the reporting outside in 190 degree weather.  Last week Stan Henry did the weather outside the studio and admitted it was only because it was unusually cool that day.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Channel 4 is not FOX News Channel.  They have the best personalities in DFW.  Clarice Tinsfield is my favorite anchor.  The cats' favorite, too.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

The crash scene was horrific.  Drunk driver hits small car, car becomes disabled in the middle of the freeway with no lights on and gets plowed by a larger truck and trailer.  Yeah, fuck that rat

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

I dunno what's the big deal?


Fox has been crawling with rats for years.

Dave Ybanez
Dave Ybanez

Petty story. Y'all must be slow today.

Chuck_Schick
Chuck_Schick

It looks like the rat is also a chain smoker.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

those Baylor lab rats are already destitute and living beneath underpasses.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I mainly watch the morning show because I start giggling every time Tim says something sardonic and the blonde doesn't get it and just sits there looking confused.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

Not FOX News Channel, but that was never said or implied in the story. Channel 4 certainly is an affiliate of the FOX network.

Also, the "FOX 4 Neeeeeewwwwwwwssss" sign-off line they all use is irritating as hell. Just can't watch them.

Jaibird13
Jaibird13

@mcreed80 I laughed all day when that happened. I wish they would start the day with something like that every morning.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk Yes.  FOX affiliate, but, blessedly, none of the rotten, stinking right-wing trash from the national news channel.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@casiepierce The lady that anchors the 5 o'clock news on Channel 4.  The cats and I gather around the set until Steve Yeagar comes on.  He's hot, and that Stan Henry is too.

mcreed80
mcreed80

@Nictacular I thought it was ok for a black person to use that word.  Paula Deen should have learned from his mistakes. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @TheCredibleHulk 

I unplugged from the evil cable-cabal over a year ago and have never looked back.

In retrospect, I can't believe I paid Verizon all of that $$$ for all of those years just so that I could practice my guitar in front of a selection of 500 useless pay channels instead of 50 useless free ones.

All of my TV viewing is free except for a NetFlix account that we use to watch a couple of movies each month - and I gotta' tell  you, I'm not missing cable even one little bit.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin What's wrong with liking the local TV news people?  Steve Novatello I've had a crush on for a long time and that Jennifer Hays is a stunning beauty.  I think she was Miss Texas or Miss North Dakota or something.

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