By now most people who follow the news are well aware of the scandal surrounding 19 Kids and Counting reality television “star” Josh Duggar admitting to being a sexual predator. Normally this probably wouldn’t have been a story that makes national headlines, except the Duggar family are well-known anti-gay bigots, and Josh Duggar was a prominent member of the Family Research Council before resigning after the scandal broke. The FRC, as most of us know, is a group that’s well-known for opposing equality for gay Americans.
So, what would normally have been a one or two day story that was soon forgotten, suddenly became a fairly large national story considering the hypocrisy that comes along with someone who’s said that homosexuals are dangerous to children – later admitting that he himself is a sexual predator.
Well, let me make one correction. This was a bigtime national story for practically every media entity – except Fox News.
The day the story broke, I wrote an article after I noticed the absurd lack of attention Fox News had given it. That first day as the story dominated headlines and news segments everywhere, Fox News sent out exactly one tweet and didn’t post a link to the story on their Facebook page until close to midnight Eastern time. At the time, I reported that in my 4-5 hours of watching Fox News that day I hadn’t seen a single mention of the story anywhere on the network.
Well, I now know why I never saw anything about this story on their television broadcasts. Thanks to Media Matters putting together the data, during the 4-day span when the story was at its peak, the conservative entertainment network devoted a combined 1 minute and 20 seconds to covering a prominent member of a conservative lobbyist group admitting to disgusting inappropriate contact with children. That’s shorter than the average commercial break.
Talk about a total disregard for journalistic integrity (not that anyone assumed Fox News had any to begin with), but for a major cable news network to blatantly try to suppress a story that was literally everywhere is despicable. And it’s not like these were some unproven allegations being tossed his way that could have been spun into “liberal attacks,” he admitted to doing this.
Oh, but it’s okay. Because after basically ignoring the story altogether, Fox News is now going to allow the Duggars to come on the network for what I’m sure will be a softball interview where they’ll basically be allowed to try to excuse their son’s disgusting behavior.
Nothing quite like ignoring a major story involving a prominent member of a large conservative lobbyist group, only to turn around and give the family of that sick individual a free pass to come on your network and try to tell the country why the molester really isn’t a bad person and how it all “brought them closer to God.”
As a Christian, I not only find that ludicrous, but it’s highly offensive as well. If covering up the molestation of family members for at least a year “brings you closer to God,” your God is really messed up and it damn sure isn’t the God in which real Christians believe.
And I’ve still yet to have anyone tell me how those children weren’t taken away from that home. How do two parents admit that they covered up their younger children being abused by an older sibling and literally nothing happens to them?
But none of this is surprising. As we all know, Fox News isn’t really a legitimate news channel. It’s just a giant network devoted to promoting the Republican party and producing conservative entertainment. So, when someone from “their side” was caught in a deplorable and disgusting act, it shouldn’t shock anyone that Fox News did just about all it could to completely ignore the story.
Graphic and H/T: Media Matters