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By Alex Paterson | WASHINGTON — Fox News has aired 170 segments featuring discussions of transgender people over the past three weeks, with Fox anchors, hosts and guests relentlessly alarming about trans people and spreading dangerous misinformation, including The lie that most trans kids “have been driven to where they are by adult predators”.

From March 17 to April 6, Fox News obsessively covered the following stories about trans people or legislation aimed at restricting the rights of the trans community:

  • On March 17, University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas won an NCAA championship in the 500-yard freestyle, becoming the first openly trans athlete to win an NCAA Division I championship.
  • March 20, Twitter locked The bee of Babylon out of her account for assignment a tweet that misinterpreted Adm. Rachel Levin. Levine is the highest openly transgender official in the US government and the the first in the country female four-star officer, serving as Admiral in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
  • On March 22, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) asked Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson “gave a definition of the word woman” during her Supreme Court nomination hearing.
  • On March 28, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sign the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would ban discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade, though its vague wording could be used to prevent such discussions – however broad – at any grade level. On the same day, Disney expressed its opposition to the law, say in a statement that its “objective as a business” is for the law to be repealed or struck down by the courts.

Throughout Fox’s coverage of these events, the network spread dangerous lies about the trans community and repeatedly invoked the longdemystified myth that trans people pose a threat to minors and seek to groom them.

Fox News has aired 170 segments on trans issues since March 17

Key takeaways from the 170 segments featuring discussions of trans issues include:

  • fox so-called “topical” programs aired 46 segments dealing with trans issues, representing more than a quarter of the total segments. The remaining 124 segments were from his opinion programs.
  • fox and friendsits weekend edition, as well as Fox and his friends firstthe network’s weekday morning show, together aired the most segments (58) dealing with trans issues. Ingraham’s Angle aired the second largest segment (17), followed by American Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino (14), and Tucker Carlson tonight (13).
  • Fox aired 87 segments discussing Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law and Disney’s opposition to the legislation. Laura Ingraham, Fox host double a segment about it “Doom & Groom” and claimed that students were “bombarded by efforts to undo any semblance of traditional values”. Her too wildly claimed that Disney “treats” children. Fox Host Tucker Carlson accused Disney to act like “a sex offender” and suggested the company supports the “chemical catration” of children.
  • Notably, anchors on the network’s “news” side attacked Disney for opposing Florida’s anti-LGBTQ legislation. American Newsroom co-host Bill Hemmer affirmed that there was “now leaked video of Disney executives unveiling efforts to advance the company’s woke agenda”. Harris Faulkner Fox Anchor claims that Disney has “pushed a woke leftist genre agenda at home”. Additionally, a graphic displayed during the show American Newsroom Lily “Disney Agenda Exposed.”
  • There were 45 segments that discussed Thomas’ swimming career. Fox hosts, correspondentsand guests Thomas dead and misinterpreted several times. (Dead names and gender errors are forms of harassment that involve using a trans person’s former name against their will or referring to them as the incorrect gender; misidentification of trans people goes against standards of good journalistic practice.)
  • Fox discussed Senator Marsha Blackburn’s question to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson asking him to define “what a woman is” 23 times. On March 23, Carlson offensive Jackson answered the question and claimed she was “clearly an under-genius and probably shouldn’t be on the Supreme Court.” Later in that same segment, his guest podcast host Jason Whitlock claimed that Jackson couldn’t answer the question because “the point is to create chaos and disorder by dismantling the truth.”
  • There were also 6 segments that discussed Levine. On March 21, Carlson devoted a entire segment to intentionally mistreat Levine, going so far as to claim that the idea of ​​respecting a trans person’s gender identity is “marginal, dangerous, and crazy, and historians will be shocked by it.” On March 24, Babylon Bee editor Joel Berry appeared on Ingraham’s Angle and mentioned “we harbor no hatred towards people like Rachel Levine” after claiming that the “trans movement” is a “sectarian and religious movement”.

Anti-trans hatred is a central feature of Fox News’ right-wing disinformation apparatus

Fox’s reporting on trans people over the past three weeks is part of its long the story of targeting the trans community with dehumanizing attacks. The network’s vile anti-trans rhetoric shows how low it will go to demonize trans people for political gain.

The Fox hosts framed anti-trans attacks as a corner issue Republicans can exploit ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. On March 29, Faulkner concluded a segment on Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill saying, “Underestimate parents and pay at the polls.” This year alone, state lawmakers have propose over 230 anti-trans bills, a record number.

Fox’s bigoted rhetoric coincides with unprecedented attacks on the safety and well-being of the trans community, with rates of anti-trans violence at alarming rates. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published data showing that one in four young LGBTQ people were seriously considering ending their lives in the first half of 2021.

Methodology

Media Matters searched transcripts in the SnapStream Video Database and the Nexis Database for all original shows on Fox News Channel for any of the terms “trans”, “transgender”, “biological”, “gedner assertion “, “gender affirmation”, “gender bender”, “sex reassignment”, “puberty blockade”, “defining woman”, “defining women”, “Blackburn”, “Rachel Levine”, “Lia Thomas “, “Leah Thomas” or “Disney” from March 17 to April 6, 2022.

We included segments, which we defined as instances where trans people or issues affecting the trans community were the stated topic of discussion or where we found significant discussion on either topic. We defined meaningful discussion as instances where two or more speakers in a multi-topic segment discussed trans issues with each other. We didn’t include mentions, which we defined as instances where a single speaker mentioned the topic without another speaker engaging with the comment, or teasers, which we defined as instances where the anchor or host promoted a segment on trans issues scheduled to air later in the show.

We’ve split Fox programs into “news” and “opinion” sections. We defined “news” programs as those with anchors, such as Bret Bayer or Shannon Breamwhile we defined “opinion” programs as those with hosts, such as Tucker-Carlson or Laura Ingraham, at the bar. We have used the designations of each anchor or host author page on FoxNews.com. We also considered the format of the program; we defined these using a panel format, such as Outnumbered and The fiveas opinion programs.

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Mia Gingerich is a researcher at Media Matters. She holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and government from Northern Arizona University and previously worked in rural organizing and local media.

Alex Paterson is a researcher for Media Matters’ LGBTQ program, where he has worked since 2019. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Montana State University and has a background in LGBTQ advocacy, including previous work with the National LGBTQ Task Force .

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The previous article has already been published by Media Matters for America and is republished with permission.

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