As we all know, Fox News is essentially nothing more than a right-wing propaganda machine. I joked on my Twitter account the other day that I would love to get in contact with the network to ask them to please provide me with at least three links to stories that spoke positively about President Obama or Hillary Clinton. Because I’ll be dead honest, in all the hours I’ve watched the network and followed them on Facebook and Twitter – I can’t recall ever seeing anything positive about either individual. I’m not saying those three stories don’t exist somewhere, I’m just saying I’ve never seen any.
Well, yesterday’s big controversy centered around the disgusting molestation incidents allegedly committed several years ago by 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar, the oldest child of the large Duggar family.
The reality TV “star” essentially confirmed the incidents in a statement posted on Facebook Thursday:
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.”
Naturally, this story was all over the news yesterday. Literally every time I checked my Facebook or Twitter accounts I saw something related to this situation.
Aside from the vile nature of the incidents themselves and the fact that they involved “celebrities,” the reason this story made so many headlines is because the Duggar family is well-known for their anti-gay advocacy. In fact, Josh Duggar was working for the Family Research Council, a lobbying group that’s largely focused on opposing gay rights (he resigned Thursday), and in the past has said that homosexuals are dangerous to children.
Oh, the irony.
Not only that, but this ridiculous family has said that this whole situation brought them closer to God. No, that’s not satire – they really said that.
With this story being all over the media, I couldn’t help but notice that I hadn’t seen anything about it from Fox News. I watched a good 4-5 hours of Fox throughout the day yesterday, yet I heard nothing. So, thinking perhaps I had just missed their network coverage of this story, I headed on over to their Twitter account to see if they posted anything about it there. Obviously my curiosity was piqued considering the Duggars are well-known anti-gay advocates and Fox News is the leader among the conservative media. So I had a legitimate interest in seeing what slant they would take on all of this.
Well, after scrolling and scrolling down their Twitter feed I finally found where they had mentioned this story – once. Which just so happened to be the exact amount of tweets they sent out regarding the status of the Olsen twins potentially appearing in Fuller House, the Netflix followup to the popular 90’s show Full House.
While I wasn’t exactly shocked, I decided to head on over to see if maybe they had more to say on their Facebook page, only to find the same results – exactly one mention of the Duggar story. But not only that, despite the fact that this story broke early in the day Thursday, they didn’t post the story on their Facebook page until it was nearly midnight on the east coast. You know, when most of the country was already in bed, or no longer paying attention to the news, and online traffic is extremely slow.
But then it got even worse. I decided to check out a couple of the comments on the Fox News post about Duggar only to find people defending him. In fact, the top two “most liked” comments about the story at the time of this publication were both people defending his behavior:
Amazing, isn’t it? This really shows the true “values” of many of these so-called “Christian” conservatives – defending somebody who allegedly molested some of his sisters and possibly others.
But I found this entire thing absolutely astonishing on several levels. For Fox News to almost completely ignore this story, despite the fact that Duggar is a celebrity and was Executive Director for the very conservative Family Research Council Action (which spends a lot of money lobbying for anti-gay legislation in Washington) shows that they were avoiding placing any sort of emphasis on the most talked about story on Thursday.
But like I said, this isn’t really shocking – it’s what Fox News almost always does. They report on the propaganda they want to push and mostly ignore any facts or stories that expose the nonsense that’s pushed on the network. It’s no wonder Fox News viewers continually rank as some of the most misinformed people in the country.
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