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Fox News today “forgot” to cover the Supreme Court’s historic announcement of its decision in the gay marriage case US v. Windsor, in which the court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional.
For a good two minutes, while all the other networks were reporting live from the Supreme Court, Fox was busying reporting its “ALERT” that football player, Aaron Hernandez, had been arrested for allegedly murdering someone. Side-by -side photos of MSNBC and FOX News, moments after the decision was announced, displays Fox News’ headline as “New England Patriots’ Hernandez to be arraigned later today,” while MSNBC’s said “Federal Defense Of Marriage Act struck down by court.” [AmeriBlog]
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Whose tagline is “Fair & Balanced” again? A look at how the media covered same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota reveals that Fox News by far covered gay and lesbian marriage the least out of all the major networks. The historic victories were only given one minute by the network with just three mentions.
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“The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals. That’s where the compelling argument is. ‘We’re Americans, we just want to be treated like everybody else.’ That’s a compelling argument. And to deny that, you’ve got to have a very strong argument on the other side. And the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible,” conservative talking head Bill O’Rielly said on Fox News. The talk-show host who is famous for its ultra-conservative views surprised his audience when talking to Megyn Kelly. He adds: “I support civil unions, I always have. Alright. The gay marriage thing, I don’t feel that strongly about it one way or the other. I think the states should do it. Right. New York has it now. I live in New York, New York has it, I’m fine with it. I want all Americans to be happy, I do.”
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Fox News came under fire after its Fox Nation website paired a January 13 article about transgender health insurance coverage with an image from the slapstick Robin Williams flick Mrs. Doubtfire. Now, LGBTA activists are petitioning Fox, a station that has a long history of promoting misleading and defamatory representations of the transgender community.
The Fox Nation post sparked a petition from LGBT equality group Basic Rights Oregon, which called on Fox News to “end its transphobic content:
Fox News: stop misrepresenting gay and transgender people with sensational and dehumanizing coverage. Trivializing transgender people’s need for medically necessary health care ignores the position of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and countless other authorities on health care. We demand an apology and that Fox News end its transphobic content.
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Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is no stranger to speaking her mind about LGBT issues. In the past she fiercely defended Chaz Bono and now she is going after those who discriminate against gays and lesbians to marry:
This country has a long history of discrimination against certain groups. Eventually we wind up getting it right. Right? Against women, against blacks, the civil rights movement and so on. And in justifying that discrimination when it was in place, some folks turned to the Bible and turned to their religious beliefs and said we have to have slavery because it’s in the Bible. Women have to be second-class citizens because that’s in the Bible. Blacks and whites can’t get married because that’s in the Bible. That wound up in a case. A judge wrote that in an opinion, which the Supreme Court ultimately struck that down, saying that’s not right, judge—the Equal Protection clause says you can’t do that. Why is gay marriage any different? [via TR]
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Fox News is not revealing its clear conflict of interest in defending Chick-fil-A against criticism over the fast-food restaurant’s stance against marriage equality as well as its donations to anti-gay organizations, according to Media Matters for America. This is due to the fact that the controversy stands to benefit HarperCollins, a publishing company owned by Fox News’ parent company, News Corporation.
Following the split with The Jim Henson Company, Chick-fil-A replaced the toys with the children’s books The Berenstain Bears, which HarperCollins is a publisher of. As reported by NBC News, a statement on the Berenstain company website said HarperCollins has been “working on this marketing project for more than a year.”
While all this has been going on, Fox has been defending Chick-fil-A, and not disclosing that it has an interest in doing so. Both Fox and HarperCollins are subsidiaries of News Corporation. If the HarperCollins marketing project suffers as a result of a decline in sales brought about by the Chick-fil-A controversy, News Corp. stands to take a hit to its bottom line, and this is inevitable as Chick-fil-A image has plummeted amongst consumers.
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Fox Business Channel commentator Eric Bolling accused The Muppet Movie of having an “anti-corporate message” because the children’s movie villain is an evil oil baron named Tex Richman. While promoting the movie in the UK, Miss Piggy and Kermit sad down for an interview, and they were asked about the controversy. “If we had a problem with oil companies, why would we have spent the entire film driving around in a gas-guzzling Rolls-Royce?” Kermit retorted. Then Miss Piggy stepped in by saying: “It’s almost as laughable as accusing Fox News of being news.”
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We never thought we’d have anything supportive to say about any of Fox’s talking heads, but Megyn Kelly tore Dr. Keith Ablow a new one when they were discussing Chaz Bono’s upcoming appearance on Dancing with the Stars.
“I think the viewers get this…Our children are no more likely to turn transgender from watching Chaz Bono than they are to turn gay by watching Will & Grace. You either are, or you’re not,” says Megyn Kelly. [TR]
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It only took three weeks, but the travel website, Orbitz, finally responded to the “Drop Fox” campaign that enlisted high-profile LGBT organizations to urge Orbitz to review their advertising policy, especially when it comes to paying for airtime during Fox News. Finally, the “gay-friendly” booking agency has agreed to review its advertising policy to ensure that it spends its ad dollars on networks that are consistent with its core corporate values of tolerance and non-discrimination.
According to a statement released today:
- “Orbitz has heard from the LGBT community about its concerns that its advertisements appear on programs which have objectionable content.”
- “In the coming weeks, Orbitz will conduct a review of programming on the full range of media we buy. We will also evaluate the best practices among other companies who share our core values to see what approaches they use when evaluating media placements.”
- Regarding ad purchases going forward, Orbitz confirmed that its “customers will see that our actions will reflect the values that Orbitz the brand, and company, embody.”
To read the full statement from Orbitz, click here