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Report: Fox News Ignores Bullying

Report: Fox News Ignores Bullying

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The cable news network devoted only one segment to Jamey Rodemeyer's death.

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Fox News consistently ignores stories like that of Jamey Rodemeyer, a bullied gay teen who recently committed suicide, but spends ample airtime on segments attacking anti-bullying efforts, according to a report from Media Matters.

The cable news network devoted only one segment to Rodemeyer's death; CNN and MSNBC did numerous stories on the teen and the larger issue of anti-LGBT bullying in America's schools. While Fox News largely avoided the Rodemeyer story, they did five negative pieces on New Jersey's new anti-bullying law, painting it as overreaching. California's new FAIR law, which mandates the teaching of LGBT historical accomplishments, was largely drafted in response to the bullying epidemic. Fox News has repeatedly ripped the FAIR Act to pieces, according to Media Matters. Also, in September and October, Fox News devoted nine pieces "lamenting" an anti-discrimination policy at Vanderbilt University.

Fox News shows their bias, according to Media Matters, by giving almost no airtime to New York's first same-sex marriages, as well as the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Read more on the report here. Fox News is part of the News Corporation owned by Rupert Murdoch. Earlier this month, the media titan was greeted by protesters and taken to task at a shareholder meeting in Los Angeles for News Corp.'s connections to a wire-tapping scandal at the defunct News of the World tabloid.

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Neal Broverman

Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.