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Fox News Underreports Advancements For LGBT Equality

February 22, 2012 11:21 am ET

Fox News has consistently underreported stories about major victories attained by the LGBT community, including the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), the beginning of same-sex weddings in New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s decision to declare California’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Analysis: Fox News Underreports Significant Advancements In LGBT Equality

Fox News Underreported The Ninth Circuit’s Decision That Proposition 8 Was Unconstitutional. According to an Equality Matters analysis*, Fox News’ coverage of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s decision to invalidate California’s gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, was significantly less extensive than CNN’s or MSNBC’s. Between February 7 and 8, Fox covered the story only 7 times, approximately three times less than either CNN or MSNBC.

Fox News Underreported Certification Of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal. According to an Equality Matters analysis, during the period between July 21 and July 24, Fox News underreported the certification of the repeal of the military’s DADT policy, failing to dedicate even a single segment to covering the event.

[Equality Matters, 7/29/11]

Fox News Underreported Beginning Of Same-Sex Weddings In New York. According to an Equality Matters analysis, Fox News largely ignored the beginnings of same-sex weddings in New York in July 2011. Once again, Fox failed to devote even a single segment to the story, mentioning it only briefly during news alerts. 

[Equality Matters, 7/28/11]

  • Fox News Also Underreported Passage Of NY Marriage Equality Law. As Think Progress noted in June, Fox almost completely ignored the passage of New York’s historic marriage equality law in June 2011. [Think Progress, 6/27/11

* Equality Matters searched news transcripts provided by Snapstream and TV Eyes for the phrases “same sex marriage,” “gay marriage,” “Proposition 8,” “Prop 8,” and “Ninth Circuit” between February 7 and February 8. Reruns were excluded, as were mentions of the decision initiated by guests rather than hosts. Passing references to the decision, which didn’t include a description of what the decision entailed, were also excluded. 

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