Pete Hegseth, a Fox News reporter, accidentally hit a bystander on 14 June 2015 while throwing an ax. This was an attempt at what is known as a "segment tease" - this particular one celebrating the Flag Day and the 240th birthday of the U.S. Army. The victim here, a West Point drummer - Jeff Prosperie - posted a video of the event recently on his Facebook page. The mishap and his injury were never mentioned or shown on the Fox News broadcast. Although injured by the double-bladed ax, Prosperie was extremely lucky to have only been hit broadside on the elbow.
If we could see Hegseth's face in this moment it would show fear.
A split-second after the above moment, Hegseth continues to retract his arms tightly towards his torso and his hands (although we can't see them directly) to his face-neck region. His whole upper body flinches away from Mr. Prosperie.
Although of low resolution, we can see a significant "Mouth of Fear" displayed in this second - with its corners vectored laterally and down. Mr. Hegseth's upper limbs remain contracted and defensive.
The body language signals seen here are highly consistent with fear. There is also a component of empathy in this action - although with this low-resolution and edited video - it's difficult to quantify empathy. If Mr. Hegseth were another person (e.g. an observer) on the side-lines and his body language still showed similar configurations - it would be associated with a higher empathy quotient.
Note the woman covering her mouth circled in red (watch video at 0:19 second mark). She also has fear, yet there's significantly more discernible empathy in her emotion. What specifically allows us to conclude this?
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