Fox Host Attacks College For Voluntary LGBT Application Question
October 17, 2011 3:41 pm ET by Carlos Maza
On the October 17 edition of Fox News’ America’s News HQ, anchor Heather Childers hosted a segment to discuss Elmhurst College’s recent decision to begin asking prospective students if they identify as LGBT:
Fox News contributor Deneen Borelli called the LGBT question “outrageous” and worried that it might be a “quota thing.” Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland agreed, arguing that the question is “yet another way of dividing us into groups.”
In reality, Elmhurst’s question has nothing to do with establishing quotas or separating LGBT students from the rest of the student body. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Admissions officers at the Illinois college plan to use the question to connect students with campus programs and services. They will also use it to help determine eligibility for institutional scholarships given to applicants from underrepresented groups.
[Shane L. Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride,] praised the wording of Elmhurst’s question, which he believes sends an important message to LGBT students: you are welcome here. “The admissions form is one of the very first messages from a college about what’s important,” he says. “By standardizing this question, we can match students up with resources and start to communicate with them. We’ve got students going to prom who are openly gay. Those youth want to be out.”
Those who answer “yes” will be eligible for Elmhurst’s Enrichment Scholarship, which the college gives to about 100 incoming students each year. The award, which covers a third of the college’s tuition, has traditionally gone to underrepresented minority students.
Instead of correcting her panelists, Fox anchor Childers joined in with them, adding that the question “makes absolutely no sense” and calling it “pointless.” Only Fox contributor Judith Miller pointed out that none of the panelists (or the host, apparently) actually knew why Elmhurst had chosen to begin asking the question.
Apparently, Fox’s idea of “fair and balanced” includes having a host reinforce her conservative guests’ talking points, even when they’re completely divorced from reality.