Fox News Turns To Anti-Gay Hate Group For... School Lunch Commentary?
February 16, 2012 4:40 pm ET by Carlos Maza
Fox News has never had a problem with inviting Peter Sprigg – Senior Fellow at the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council (FRC) – on national television to be treated as a legitimate social political commentator. Usually, he’s asked to discuss a topic related to LGBT people, like mocking the Girl Scouts for being trans-inclusive and criticizing California’s FAIR Education Act.
On Wednesday, however, Fox News had Sprigg on to discuss a different topic – school lunches.
Fox anchor Martha MacCallum hosted a segment discussing a North Carolina preschooler who allegedly had her lunch replaced with chicken nuggets because it failed to meet USDA guidelines. Sprigg called the incident evidence of “raging totalitarianism”:
Setting aside the segment’s inaccuracies – the student’s lunch wasn’t taken away, the school supplemented her lunch with additional food, etc. – Sprigg’s appearance highlights Fox’s close relationship with FRC.
There’s no reason for Spriggs to be providing commentary on USDA school lunch guidelines. Nothing about his background, which includes “ten years as a professional actor and unit leader in Covenant Players, an international Christian drama ministry,” makes him qualified to provide insight on nutritional health policies in public schools, but Fox chose him to be a guest anyways.
Sprigg’s appearance demonstrates Fox’s tendency to mainstream hate groups on national television. A recent Equality Matters study found that, in the year following FRC’s designation by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group, Fox News hosted spokespersons from the organization more than any other major news network.
If being a known hate monger and have zero expertise on relevant issues isn’t enough to stop Fox from inviting someone on national television, what is?