Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fox News Barely Mentioned Duggar Scandal At All


According to Media Matters, Fox News pretty much ignored the Josh Duggar/child molestation allegations that dominated much of last week's news cycle.

As many now know, last week In Touch magazine reported that in 2006, Jim Bob Duggar - patriarch of TLC's reality show 19 Kids and Counting - waited over a year before telling police that his son, Josh Duggar, had confessed to molesting several female minors, including his sisters, when he was a teenager.

In the aftermath of the revelations, TLC pulled 19 Kids from its schedule.

From Media Matters:

The revelations drew widespread criticism in the media, with many outlets pointing out the Duggar family's reputation as a torch-bearer for conservative values and strong involvement in Republican politics and anti-LGBT activism. The revelations look to many like hypocrisy from a family that's become a political powerhouse in socially conservative circles in recent years by wielding its reality show influence to stump for "family values," Republican politicians, and the repeal of legal protections for LGBT people.

But while MSNBC and CNN have reportedly heavily on the Duggar scandal, Fox News has largely ignored the story. According to a Media Matters analysis, Fox News spent less than two minutes covering the story between May 21 and May 25, compared to almost an hour of coverage from the other cable news networks.

Bolding is mine.

No big surprise here, although to see the actual disparity is telling. The Duggars are held up as bastions of morality by Fox News, so it's no wonder they don't want to highlight the clear hypocrisy in play here.

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