Off Balance

Right Wing Group Fears That Fox News Is Toning Down The Homophobia

The great thing about the lunatic fringe is that no matter how unmoored they are from reality, they always manage to push themselves further away from shore. The latest example: America’s Survival, a group that “specializes in exposing the United Nations, international organizations and extremist movements,” has produced a 92-page report that insists that Fox News is in a gay rights propaganda machine. The report’s title says it all: “Unfair, Unbalanced and Afraid: Fox News’ Growing Pro-Homosexual Bias and the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.”

The report is a tour through a right-wing landscape of media aggrievements, including complaints about CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the mainstream media. But special fury is reserved for Fox News, because its perceived moderation is a far larger betrayal. “How tragic that Fox News does not see itself as part of the “solution” to this injustice – by consciously giving pro-family conservatives a voice – or at the very least being meticulously fair — but instead is evolving into just another (perhaps more moderate) pro-homosexual network,” the report complains.

But just because you’re crazy doesn’t mean you’re wrong. The right wing have sensitive antenna, and something is changing at Fox. The main target of the report’s ire at Fox is directed at Megyn Kelly, and here the report is actually onto something. Kelly is a moderating voice within Fox and has distinguished herself from her network colleagues by actually calling bullshit on homophobic nonsense. Still, there is the rest of the Fox lineup, including Bill O’Reilly, Mike Huckabee and the like.  But if Fox caves, the game is over, and America’s Survival knows it.

“To build back conservatives’ trust in Fox News, and maintain the goodwill that vast swaths of America still have for the one network that was never intended to lean Left, Fox must reject the liberal media’s lead on homosexuality,” the report concludes. “Rather, a return to reason, common sense, conservative principles — and fidelity to “Nature and Nature’s God” — on this critically important moral question would serve the network well.”

And just to prove that the report’s author isn’t totally off his rocker, he does note that the gay media actually do a better job at covering the religious right the the mainstream press. “It is this writer’s experience that reporters at homosexual publications like the Washington Blade sometimes cover conservative critics of LGBT activism more accurately and inclusively than “mainstream” journalists.” Perhaps that’s because we just don’t cover the news. We have to live it.