December 03, 2013 2:25 pm ET
Both CNN and MSNBC devoted significant coverage to the Obama administration’s commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 2. Fox News, on the other hand, spent less than 20 seconds acknowledging President Obama’s speech outlining significant new efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.
November 26, 2013 1:23 pm ET
Fox News spent under five minutes covering the controversy between Republican Wyoming Senate candidate and former Fox News contributor Liz Cheney and her openly gay sister Mary Cheney over Liz's opposition to marriage equality - significantly less than CNN and MSNBC, who both devoted more than one hour.
November 08, 2013 1:10 pm ET
In its latest effort to downplay the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Fox News spent a mere 19 seconds covering its historic passage by the Senate on November 7.
November 07, 2013 11:03 am ET
Fox News largely ignored a historic vote on November 4 when the U.S. Senate voted to take up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that bans workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. While CNN and MSNBC covered the vote, Fox devoted half of its already-scant coverage to dismissing ENDA as a "distraction."
November 02, 2013 3:43 pm ET
As the Senate prepares to take its first vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in over a decade, prominent social conservatives and right-wing media outlets have begun peddling long-debunked myths about the measure, which would protect employees from mistreatment on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
August 14, 2013 3:06 pm ET
Fox News launched a smear campaign against a historic California law that would allow transgender public school students to have access to school facilities and athletic teams that match their gender identity. The network peddled a number of myths about the measure, adding to Fox's long history of promoting damaging transphobic misinformation.
August 09, 2013 11:58 am ET
NBC Sports has pledged to expose Russia’s anti-gay “propaganda” law during its exclusive coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Since the law’s passage on June 10, however, NBC’s news programming has almost completely ignored the controversy surrounding the measure, raising concerns about their willingness to report on the law during the event next February.
August 07, 2013 8:58 am ET
In June, Russia's parliament passed a draconian law that would prohibit the spreading of pro-gay "propaganda" to minors, raising concerns from human rights activists who fear the measure will be used as a tool of political repression against LGBT. The law poses a special threat to openly gay Olympians and visitors who will be traveling to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Despite the law's domestic and international significance, which received coverage on both CNN and MSNBC, Fox News failed to mention the controversy surrounding the measure.
August 02, 2013 9:33 am ET
Right-wing media outlets have smeared a proposed measure in San Antonio to expand the city's non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity, falsely claiming that the revised measure would limit free speech and religious liberty.
July 18, 2013 3:16 pm ET
Family Research Council (FRC) Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg continued his organization's history of spreading misinformation about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) during a July 17 interview on Salem Radio Network's The Janet Mefferd Show, falsely claiming that the bill is vague and unnecessary.
July 17, 2013 11:35 am ET
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in a historic, bipartisan 15-7 vote on July 10. The bill, which would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, received no coverage on Fox News and CNN, even as those networks obsessed for weeks over the yet-to-be-born baby of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
July 11, 2013 2:59 pm ET
In the wake of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s 15-7 vote in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins warned of dire consequences for businesses if the act becomes law. Extensive evidence shows, however, that protecting LGBT workers from discrimination is a boon for business.
July 08, 2013 12:59 pm ET
With the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee poised to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) on July 10, anti-LGBT activists are ramping up their misinformation campaign against the legislation, which would prohibit employers from discriminating against employees and job applicants based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
June 18, 2013 12:46 pm ET
Fox News’ inaccurate, defamatory, and dehumanizing coverage of the transgender community contributes to transphobic violence and discrimination according to several groups working toward transgender equality.
May 23, 2013 1:58 pm ET
Fox News ignored the brutal murder of a gay man in New York City, which has been labeled a hate crime by local police, while CNN underreported the story. Even though the attack is part of a disturbing spike in anti-gay violence in New York, the cable networks instead focused on covering the proceedings in the trial against Jodi Arias.
May 15, 2013 12:01 pm ET
Fox News spent one minute covering the historic legalization of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota over the past several weeks. According to an Equality Matters analysis, the network completely ignored the passage of marriage equality legislation in Delaware and made only passing mentions of Rhode Island and Minnesota’s new marriage laws.
March 26, 2013 1:14 pm ET
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has organized an anti-equality rally outside the Supreme Court this week as the Court mulls over the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Media outlets should be aware and report the extreme anti-LGBT animus that motivates many of the prominent speakers NOM has invited.
February 12, 2013 11:36 am ET
As the Boy Scouts of America considered lifting its ban on openly gay members, cable news network coverage of the story gave undue attention to the right-wing smear that exposing young boys to gay scout leaders would put them at higher risk of sexual abuse and/or assault.
December 12, 2012 9:24 am ET
An Equality Matters analysis found that cable news networks’ coverage of the reemergence of Uganda’s proposed “Kill the Gays” bill – legislation which would make homosexuality punishable by death – has been scant over the past several weeks and paled in comparison to their coverage of the Korean pop song “Gangnam Style.”
November 28, 2012 12:09 pm ET
During their coverage of the 2012 GOP primary, cable news networks regularly called upon Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), to provide commentary on behalf of social conservatives. Perkins made 56 appearances on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC over the course of the primary, but never once was identified as the leader of an anti-gay hate group.