Fox Anchor Continues Attack On College LGBT Application Question
April 03, 2012 2:41 pm ET by Carlos Maza
During the April 1 edition of America’s News Headquarters, Fox's Heather Childers hosted a segment to discuss a proposed plan in California that would begin asking students from the state's colleges and universities about their sexual orientation through a voluntary question on application and enrollment forms.
Childers, along with Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland, criticized the question as an unnecessary violation of privacy, despite repeated corrections from the other guests on the panel:
The whole exchange was reminiscent of an October Fox segment, during which Childers and McFarland attacked Elmhurst college for adopting a similar policy, calling it “pointless”:
In both cases, Fox’s employees promoted the baseless suggestion that the question would be used to establish quotas for LGBT students. And in the segment this weekend, just as in the segment in October, Fox personalities criticized the question as unnecessary and intrusive, dismissing evidence that it would be used to better fund and allocate services for LGBT students, including support and counseling.
It’s fortunate that in both segments, some of Childers’ guests were able to correct the record about the importance of gathering information about LGBT students. Still, one would hope that “fair and balanced” doesn’t just mean “we’re counting on being corrected on air.”