Fox News issued a public apology Saturday for a recent false story about a Gold Star family after Military.com revealed that the Marine Corps had privately urged the network to pull the article.
The Military.com coverage on Aug. 23 showed how the Marine Corps confronted Fox News in July over its story on Sgt. Nicole Gee, one of 13 service members killed during the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan two years ago. The Fox News story elevated claims from a freshman congressman that the Gee family had to pay $60,000 to transport her remains to Arlington National Cemetery.
That turned out to be incorrect, and Fox News later quietly deleted the story without any correction or public acknowledgment of the error. The Gee family did not have to pay for transporting the Marine's remains. After Military.com published the exchange between the service and the news outlet, other outlets like The Washington Post, CNN and Newsmax picked up the story.
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Fox News declined to comment for the Military.com story, which included emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. It issued the apology Saturday — exactly two years after Gee, along with 10 other Marines, a Navy corpsman and a soldier, were killed by a suicide bomber while assisting in the evacuation of personnel at the Abbey Gate near the Kabul airport.