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05/23/2008

Video: Wherein FOX News doesn't even fake objectivity

by Jeremy Hooper

This is Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly interviewing Brian Camenker of MassResistance (a certified "hate group," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center). See if you can tell where she stands on this complex issue:

Cutest part? When Megyn says, "We don't want to mislead our viewers," as if this segment is anything more than an attempt to lead folks to the side of "AAH -- FIRE THE DOCTOR!" Why it might be the most adorable case of pretend objective journalism we've seen since 1987, when our friend Sally Fox cut a window in a cardboard box, put the make-shift TV on her head, and presented her award-winning piece, "Barbie rules and He-man Drools."

FoxNews interviews MassResistance 5-21-08 [YouTube]

***FOR ACTUAL OBJECTIVE REPORTING ON THE SITUATION:

Q&A: Doctors on Puberty-Delaying Treatments [NPR]
Buying Time for Gender-Confused Kids [ABC]
Parents Consider Treatment to Delay Son's Puberty [NPR]

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This therapy is already in use in Europe, some children come to terms with the gender they were born with, and if not, then the child doesn't have to go through the emotionally harrowing experience of puberty in the wrong body, saving much time of counselling and therapy.

Either way, the time comes in useful by allowing the person to seek help without feeling like, becoming an adult of the wrong gender is inevitable, and allowing them to get help.

I personally would like to tattoo this on the arm of very person who feels otherwise: "Imagine living your life as the opposite gender. Scared or repulsed? Support Transpeople."

Posted by: Corvidae | May 23, 2008 1:10:16 PM

Well what I find particularly disgusting about this, Corvidae, is that this is an "issue" that is rife with misunderstanding (even within the gay community). But rather than even attempt to cut through the facts and present actual information, they are simply going for the easy, "Wow, can you believe this?!" story. But then again, I don't know I would expect anything more from this media outlet.

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 23, 2008 1:20:10 PM

Exactly. Dont have anyone on the other side of the issue give their viewpoint. Lets just get our "common sense" viewers outraged at the horrible freaks out there going after their children.

Posted by: Ron | May 23, 2008 1:39:41 PM

I know I'm just a horrible, self-aggrandizing right-winger, but I think you're off base calling this a case of pretend objective journalism, Jeremy.

When Kelly said she didn't want to mislead her viewers she meant with regard to what sort of treatments the doctor was actually providing. In my experience Megyn Kelly has never pretended to be a neutral journalist.

Posted by: David | May 23, 2008 2:31:27 PM

Ron: It's unreal. And there is no excuse.

Standard response to all comments from 'David' of 'Stop The Tyrants' (above): After engaging/indulging David for over a year, I finally wised up and realized that every last dialogue we have shared has been completely fruitless. And not in just a "we disagree" way -- I enjoy engaging in reasoned dissent, which can be both fun and even educational. David, however, is simply not open to any exchange of ideas. I have gone over every comment he has ever made on here: The aggressively closed-off tone is the one consistent. His mind is made up, and any attempt at discourse with him will fall on the deafest of ears.

So I will no longer dignify, or really even read his reliably self-aggrandizing, non-productive, school marm-like comments. It might be in everyone's best interest to do the same.

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 23, 2008 2:37:29 PM

But while I absolutely refuse to engage David, I will say to everyone in general: Just to clarify, it doesn't matter to what specific report Ms. Kelly was referring with her "we don't want to mislead" schtick. The point is that it's funny she would issue such a caveat about any one facet when the ENTIRE PIECE is propagandistic in nature!

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 23, 2008 2:41:34 PM

Fox could have offered an opposing point of view if their point wasn’t just to sensationalize “THE MUTILATION OF CHILDREN.” Their point wasn’t to inform or report, it was to outrage. It is to skew the balance of the consensus morality toward the fallacious notion that this is destructive in nature. And nothing could be further from the truth.

The NPR articles on the subject offer a very different perspective, where delaying puberty offers the choice at a later date as to which gender identity the child will assume. It merely delays a very difficult decision that parents and their children are facing.

My heart goes out to those children and their parents. They deserve more than the stigma and brutality offered by Faux News.

Posted by: Dick Mills | May 23, 2008 4:08:59 PM

Jeremy:

What is this? Responding to me while claiming that you never respond to me?

Dick Mills:

You really must cool it with the "Faux News" nonsense. That term of derision is used by bitter left-wingers upset that the left no longer enjoys a monopoly on television news reporting in this country. The report shown above excepted, it has been demonstrated over and over again that Fox does a better job at being fair and objective than the other cable news networks.

As I said above, Megyn Kelly does not even pretend to be a journalist. She is just a lawyer who performs certain on-camera jobs at FNC. Since she makes no pretense to being a neutral reporter, no one should watch her show expecting neutral reporting.

Posted by: David | May 23, 2008 10:55:34 PM

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