A Fox staffer in Latin America posted the poll on the Spanish-language network's Facebook in tandem with a promotion for the National Geographic Channel's Christmas special. The Fox poll asked,
Who do you think was responsible for the death of Christ?
A. Pontius Pilate
B. Jewish People
C. High Priests
But before the poll could stay up very long, the complaints started pouring in. Haaretz
reports that the Simon Wiesenthal Center office in Buenos Aires was outraged, telling the Associated Press that it was an obvious reference to archaic views of the Catholic Church which "resulted in the persecution and murder of Jews for two millennia" and were rejected by the Vatican back in 1965.
reports that Fox Latin America spokeswoman Guadalupe Lucero apologized on behalf of National Geographic, saying the poll was removed immediately and that measures have been taken to prevent such incidents in the future.
But before it could be removed, the news about it went viral. The New York Daily News
added some background to the situation.
"In case there was any doubt on the Church's position, Pope Benedict XVI very publically exonerated the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ in his book, "Jesus of Nazareth Part II," released in March. In excerpts Benedict explains biblically and theologically why there is no basis in Scripture for the argument that the Jewish people as a whole were responsible for Jesus' death."
There was no word from Fox on what the results of the poll were. National Geographic is owned by NewsCorp which also operates the Fox network, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox News and newspapers around the world.