Is Fox News becoming liberal?
That’s a question on the minds of many conservatives these days in the midst of a shake-up at the cable network. The network has undergone leadership changes and seen the ouster of officials and anchor Bill O’Reilly over claims of personal misbehavior.
“Those with ears to hear fear it’s coming. They fear the impending death of Fox News as a voice for conservatism,” writes Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute.
In a recent article, the cultural affairs writer draws attention to Rupert Murdoch’s sons taking over at Fox and steering it in a direction that seems to reflect their liberal-leaning views.
“Sure, they’re mopping out the lecherous serial harassers of women, but they’re cleaning house with dirty water,” Higgins writes. “Swish, out goes boorishness. Back-swish, in comes Newspeak.”
The focus of her piece is on gender issues and she notes that James and Lachlan Murdoch have expanded benefits for transgender employees.
Higgins also takes issue with on-air personalities who have shown support for gay marriage and with anchors Bret Baier and Tucker Carlson for using female pronouns in reference to males.
“For quite some time, Fox political commentators have either studiously avoided addressing matters related to homosexuality or ‘trans’-cultism or have addressed them in a pallid, opinion-free way that thinly cloaks itself in the pseudo-nobility of ‘neutrality.’ But using female pronouns to refer to objectively male persons is a leap down from impartiality into the pit of ‘progressive’ partisanship. It signals a cowardly capitulation to the dogmatic rhetorical diktats of sexuality anarchists.”
Higgins does give Carlson credit for avoiding female pronouns during a recent interview with Bruce Jenner, now a transgender who goes by the name Caitlyn. But she says Carlson, known for his hard-hitting interview style, could have asked Jenner some tougher questions.
“For example, why didn’t he ask Jenner, who now has a spanking new birth certificate that identifies his gender at birth as female, if he should relinquish his Olympic decathlon gold medal since he claims he has always been female. Either his birth certificate is fraudulent or his Olympic participation as a male was. Both cannot be true.”