Fox News Downplays and Even Avoids Stories about Bullying, Suicide
With all of the recent horrific tales of gay men being burned alive and the teens committing suicide after enduring torment from bullies, it seems like every news outlet would be able to give you news on the topic.
Apparently, that’s not the case.
A new Equality Matters study just revealed some shocking results: in the two weeks following Jamey Rodemeyer’s suicide, Fox News mentioned the story only one time, and it was in a related segment about anti-bullying legislation in New York.
*Equality Matters searched news transcripts provided by TV Eyes and Nexis for the terms “Jamie,” “Jamey,” and “gay, suicide” between September 18 and October 1.
Check out the full study here.
Really, Fox News? This story gets national attention, so much so that Lady Gaga met with President Obama about anti-bullying legislation, and you don’t even say Jamey’s name? That’s absolutely terrible.
According to the same Equality Matters study, Fox not only all but ignored Jamey Rodemeyer, but the network ran multiple segments criticizing anti-bullying efforts and promoted anti-gay narratives.
It should come as no surprise that the most conservative news outlet out there would avoid stories that are pro-LGBT. Seeing it actually put into practice, however, is really shocking and really morally reprehensible.
It’s upsetting that a news organization that prides itself (does it, really?) on being “Fair and Balanced” would exhibit such obvious bias in these kinds of issues. You don’t have to donate the entire 24-hour news cycle to the story, but can you at least use the victim’s NAME?
(via Rob Out Loud)