Fox News host Bill O’Reilly smeared Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring by accusing him of turning a blind eye to child rape. In reality, Herring simply told health officials that teen pregnancy alone is not evidence of child abuse.
O’Reilly Accuses Herring Of Not Caring “If Little Girls Are Raped.”
Fox’s Bill O’Reilly: Herring Has Said “No, We In The Commonwealth Of Virginia Don’t Care If Little Girls Are Raped.” On the October 7 edition of The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly reported on a legal opinion Herring issued to the state health commissioner. O’Reilly claimed that the opinion showed that Herring doesn’t care if minors are raped, and added that “it’s now open season on little girls in Virginia”:
O’REILLY: The attorney general is Mark Herring - very liberal man - who is now saying to the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia, ‘I will not enforce the statutory rape laws for girls 13 to 15,’ is that correct?
GUILFOYLE: Yes. He’s saying that it’s his opinion that specifically they don’t need to make a report of crime of carnal knowledge of a child between the ages of 13 and 15 years of age. This is not law though, this is an opinion that he is giving to give direction -
O’REILLY: But he’s not going to enforce it.
GUILFOYLE: He’s also not going to enforce it -
O’REILLY: Right, so just to be clear here, just to be very clear: statutory rape is of a minor, and then when an abortion clinic or a doctor or a nurse or whatever finds that that has happened they have to report it by law to state authorities. [CROSSTALK] But Herring says no, we in the Commonwealth of Virginia don’t care if little girls are raped. We don’t care because, I the Attorney General, am too damn lazy, or an ideological zealot, or both, to enforce this law. Do I have it wrong?
GUILFOYLE: You have it absolutely correct. [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 10/7/14]
In Reality, Decision Holds That Teen Pregnancy Alone Not Sufficient Evidence To Report Abuse By Parents Or Caretaker
Richmond Times-Dispatch: Teen Pregnancy Alone “Does Not Provide Enough Evidence To Trigger The Reporting Requirement.” An October 7 editorial in the Richmond Times-Dispatch pointed out that Herring’s opinion is in line with the Code of Virginia (emphasis added):
The outrage and fury, however, are misplaced. In a September letter to state Health Commissioner Marissa Levine, Herring cites chapter and verse from the Code of Virginia. The code stipulates that nurses and certain other professionals must report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. That can include sexual contact with minors, but only if a parent or guardian “commits or allows to be committed” such exploitation.
A 14-year-old can get pregnant without her parents’ knowledge. Since allowing something requires knowing about it in advance, the mere fact of a pregnancy does not imply that a parent committed the sex act, or even permitted it. By itself, it does not provide enough evidence to trigger the reporting requirement for suspected child abuse as defined in state law. (It does, however, provide ample grounds to suspect statutory rape — and nothing in state law forbids reporting that.) [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/7/14]
How Fox covers the first female UAE pilot, Major Mariam Al Mansouri, bombing ISIS
Greg Gutfeld: “The problem is, after she bombed it she couldn’t park it.”
Eric Bolling: “Would that be considered ‘boobs on the ground?”
Even worse: these comments happened right after Fox’s Kimberly Guilfoyle noted how poorly “some Arab countries” treat women.
Fox’s Kimberly Guilfoyle has no credentials in national security, terrorism or international policy and she never seems to have spent one minute in military service. But that’s no reason not to play an expert on how to handle ISIS on Fox News.
On yesterday’s The Five, co-host Greg Gutfeld – another Fox talking head without a single credential qualifying him to make pronouncements about such a serious subject – seemed to view ISIS as just another excuse to smear President Obama, talk tough and bang the drum for a new war. With other people doing all the fighting and dying, of course:
Obama should get his head out of his golf bag or get out of town… It’s time to dispense with political correctness and get over being nice. Nice equals death. …And if our president isn’t up to it, then find someone who is. Hell, maybe it’s better if he stays on the course – for good.
Then it was Guilfoyle’s turn. Surprise! She also saw it as an excuse to smear Obama and talk tough about a new war! One that she didn’t mention serving in.
There should be no mercy involved because they (ISIS) have shown none. That’s the only language that they understand. …I really think there’s just really one right answer here. We can talk about the ways to get it done – air strikes, certainly – but it’s gonna take more than that. We’ve already got troops on the ground. We already need help from our U.K. and European allies and counterparts.
I mean, can I just make a special request on the magic lamp? Can we get, like, Netanyahu and, like, Putin in for 48 hours, head of the United States? I don’t know. I just want somebody to get in here and get it done right so that Americans don’t have to worry and wake up in the morning fearful of a group that’s murderous and horrific, like ISIS.
Nothing says “patriotic American” like demanding military action and wishing someone else were president!
Watch Fox’s latest ISIS “experts” below, via Media Matters.
Fox News analyst Pete Hegseth suggested on Tuesday that the arrest of a suspect in connection with 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi may have been a conspiracy to help former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just hours before she was scheduled to talk to the conservative network.
After Fox News broke the news on Tuesday that U.S. forces had detained Ansar al-Sharia commander Ahmed Abu Khattala, Hegseth said that he was pleased, but “we all have questions about the timing.”
"You have the former secretary of state, who is in the middle of a really high-profile book tour, and I think this is convenient for her to shift the talking points," Fox News guest host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery noted.
"Something clearly changed in the calculus of the United States, and I think a lot of it does have to do with the State Department," Hegseth agreed. "I think this thing needs to be tied in a bow for certain individuals to have a clean break from an incident that has become, and will continue to be a scandal — an anchor around a certain individual’s neck, who may want to run for president."
"She’s having an interview today on Fox News," co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle pointed out.
Fox News’ The Five is usually my pick as worst cable TV news show on television, but “Outnumbered” is quickly rising among the ranks of the worstest and Kimberly Guilfoyle, a frequent guest on both shows proves my point when she said that if Sgt. Bergdahl had been released to his own troops, they would have put him in a body bag. These sickening displays of machismo wingnut fantasies are appalling.
Echoing her fellow conservatives who oppose the prisoner swap that secured Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release, Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle said Friday that the POW was lucky he wasn’t found by his fellow soldiers before the exchange. Otherwise, Guilfoyle said, Bergdahl may have been brought home “in a body bag.”
And on Friday’s episode of “Outnumbered,” Guilfoyle said that things may not have ended so well for Bergdahl had he been discovered by U.S. soldiers instead of being brought back as part of an exchange.”He’s pretty lucky that he was brought home the way he was because if those special forces had found him and encountered him and they were looking for him, he would have come home either in a body bag or come home and gone straight to jail,” Guilfoyle said.
On a network notorious for its problematic coverage of transgender issues, Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor stands out as an especially egregious forum for transphobia, with host Bill O’Reilly using his perch to dispense bigoted and dangerous advice for parents raising transgender children.
During the June 3 edition of The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly invited The Five co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle and Fox contributor Lisa Weihl to discuss six-year-old Ryland Whittington, whose parents Jeff and Hillary posted a YouTube video - now viewed nearly 5 million times - describing Ryland’s discovery of his gender identity and their acceptance of his gender transition.
Throughout his discussion of Whittington’s story, O’Reilly misgendered him as a girl, stating that he wouldn’t have allowed Ryland to identify as a boy if he was his parent:
O’REILLY: I always put myself in the shoes, I wouldn’t do it. Would you do it? I wouldn’t do it.
WEIHL: If my child was saying this is how I identify myself -
O’REILLY: At 5?
WEIHL: And all the experts are saying let him or her be -
O’REILLY: And you let the she be a boy? Would you do it?
O’REILLY: We know you are touchy-feely.I don’t think five-year-olds make those kinds of decisions.
O’REILLY: If she wants to play football, I’d let her, but she is still a girl. [emphasis added]
O’Reilly’s declaration is just the latest in the Fox host’s career of dispensing dangerous and misguided advice to the parents of transgender children:
- Ignore The Identity Of Your Transgender Child. O’Reilly clearly states that he’d be unwilling to acknowledge the requests of a transgender child to be identified in a way that corresponds with their preferred gender identity. In previous segments, O’Reilly has criticized parents who support and affirm their transgender children as being “dopey" and potentially engaging inchild abuse.
- Stop Your Child From Going Where He Or She Feels Comfortable. O’Reilly has also railed against efforts to allow transgender youth to access spaces and activities that they feel comfortable in. Want to join the Girl Scouts? Not if you’re a “transvestite boy” who “thinks he’s a girl.” Wish to use a public restroom that matches your gender identity? That’d be like going into a Hooters without chicken wings - nothing short of “anarchy and madness.” For O’Reilly, transgender kids should be denied access to the handful of spaces where they can feel safe and welcomed as they are.
- Force Your Child To Conform To Your Gender Expectations. O’Reilly has also encouraged parents to actively force their transgender children to conform to gender stereotypes. Transgender boys should be forced to wear dresses and do “girl things.” Parents should continue addressing their transgender children with names the children don’t identify with. Be cautious about letting children watch a show like Glee - it could turn them transgender. And if kids are engaging in gender-variant behavior, like a boy liking the color pink, punish them by sending them away to camp.
This kind of terrible parenting advice affects real lives. Transgender youth already face astronomical levels of family rejection. Many of them flee their homes to avoid abuse and intolerance, contributing to high rates of transgender youth homelessness and incarceration. For those who stay, family rejection is linked to a host of negative health consequences, including higher rates of depression and suicide. Parents who refuse to acknowledge and affirm their transgender kids put them at risk for poor academic performance, substance abuse, and self-hatred. The mountain of evidence demonstrating the harm caused by unaccepting family environments is the reason so many professional medical organizations encourage parents to support and nurture, rather than try to change the behavior of, their transgender children.
When O’Reilly doles out bad parenting advice to his audience, he’s not just revealing himself to be uninformed and cruel; he’s putting real transgender children, some of whose parents may be watching Fox News, at risk.
h/t: Luke Brinker at MMFA
Fox News’ Outnumbered, which features four female anchors and one male guest in an hour-long show, is billed as “a news show first and foremost,” but in its first week the jaw-dropping program has proven to be anything but.
Even before its debut, it was evident that Roger Ailes’ brainchild would be incredibly sexist. The name Outnumbered alone announces that the show operates from the perspective of its sole male guest, who must inevitably feel outnumbered in the presence of four female hosts (never mind the fact that many of Fox’s current programs, like Fox & Friends or The Five, feature more male hosts than female yet carry no such designation).
Outnumbered likewise doesn’t depart from Ailes’ trademark exploitation of Fox women — immediately evident in the no-pants dress code thus far for female anchors, whose legs are on prominent display and nearly always crossed toward the male guest du jour, known to the Twittersphere as #OneLuckyGuy.
Before the program first aired, Jay Wallace, Fox’s senior vice president for news, described the show as ”a news show first and foremost,” with “journalism at the heart.”
Nearly all of Fox’s purported news programs churn with an undercurrent of sexism. But with Outnumbered, the network drops the veil. It’s more a parody of a news program, devoting the vast majority of the first week to decidedly non-news, fluff stories that highlight stereotypical altercations or disparities between the sexes. Rather than mention actual news stories that pertain to women’s issues — such as a new White House report on college sexual assault — Outnumbered relayed George Clooney’s groundbreaking recent engagement and a new plastic surgery that will enable women to better wear sky-high heels, stories built around gender stereotypes.
Along with gender stereotypes, Outnumbered's first week pushed a myriad of sexist tropes:
During a discussion of a female teacher recently accused of giving an under-age male high school student a lap-dance, guest Tucker Carlson insisted that not only was the student not a “victim,” because “this is the dream of 15-year-old boys,” but he also invented a new double standard for victims, claiming that a female student who received a lap dance from a male teacher would be a victim because “girls react differently to this kind of thing, it’s just reality.” Facing his co-hosts’ understandable outrage, Carlson said “lighten up, America, come on,” and suggested that the teacher facing charges is “obviously a very enthusiastic teacher.”
Highlighting a study that revealed men and women have different views on infidelity, Jedidiah Bila jokingly admitted that she doesn’t have to worry about infidelity because she “stamps” her men, to which Carlson added, “That’s kind of hot.” Carlson went on to say ”men have done a good job building skyscrapers and fighting wars and stuff, but I’m not going to defend them morally.”
The hosts agreed that feminism is to blame for boys underperforming in kindergarten, and previewed a discussion of McDonald’s toys (a recent study revealed McDonald’s employees refused to give girls the so-called “boy” toy) by arguing, ”girls like pretty ponies, and boys like toy trucks.”
Outnumbered's actual news segments, while few, were nearly as bad. When Harris Faulkner opined on Secretary John Kerry's apartheid remarks regarding Israel and a Middle East Peace agreement, guest host Brian Kilmeade praised her thoughts, “That’s so savvy of you.” Faulkner responded, “That’s so condescending of you, but I love you anyway.”
A discussion of a hypothetical Democratic primary between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in 2016 morphed into a comparison of the women’s appearance.
Outnumbered was also true to its name in that the female hosts frequently deferred to the expert opinions of their male guests before allowing the other co-hosts to add their input.
Despite the show’s objective of tackling the “top new headlines from all angles and perspectives,”Outnumbered instead tackles the task of elevating gender-normative fluff pieces, sexist comments, and the figures of its female co-hosts.
Fox’s newest show, Outnumbered, features a rotating cast of four female hosts, one male host, and a litany of sexist tropes.
The program premiered April 28 with female co-hosts Jedediah Bila, Harris Faulkner, Sandra Smith, Kimberly Guilfoyle and their male co-host of the day Tucker Carlson, who was honored with the Twitter hashtag #ONELUCKYGUY and described by the women as “a good enough sport to join us on day one.”
When Fox announced the new show, Amanda Marcotte noted its premise: ”The man will be ‘outnumbered,’ meaning that even though Outnumbered is supposedly a female-centric show, the male point of view is still so central that it gives the show its title.” The Washington Post's Alyssa Rosenberg similarly predicted that the program would find its “heat” by highlighting opposition between men and women, essentially parodying “what conservatives often accuse feminists of wanting to do to men: overwhelm them and shout them down as a sort of rhetorical reparations for years in a subordinate position.”
These predictions proved accurate. In fact, Outnumbered's set even placed the lone man at the center, surrounded on a couch by the female hosts wearing Fox's famous short skirts. The hosts kicked off the show by indulging the parody that men and women are profoundly opposed to each other, with Carlson joking at the very beginning that he was “in a defensive crouch already,” because living with four women had given him experience he needed to ”submit” and handle this “outnumbered” position:
The debut episode’s first potential “feminist” altercation focused on how a woman’s appearance might affect a presidential run, with the hosts contemplating a hypothetical Democratic primary between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). While Guilfoyle quipped that, when it comes to looks, “I think if it’s between Hillary and Elizabeth Warren, it’s even,” Carlson argued that “it works both ways. I don’t think anyone would be standing with Wendy Davis in Texas if she, you know, weren’t a handsome woman … you don’t see a lot of bald guys running for president.”
Studies have shown discussion of appearance does negatively hurt female candidates — one study found that any mention of female politicians’ appearance, even discussion that was coded as a “compliment,” lost the candidate votes. But instead of pointing this out, the female co-hosts quibbled with Carlson’s description of a woman as “handsome,” asking if he meant “pretty.”
Later, while discussing a female teacher recently accused of giving an under-age male high school student a lap-dance, Carlson insisted that not only was the student not a “victim,” because “this is the dream of 15-year-old boys,” but he also invented a new double standard for victims, claiming that a female student who received a lap dance from a male teacher would be a victim because “girls react differently to this kind of thing, it’s just reality.” Facing his co-hosts’ understandable outrage, Carlson said “lighten up, America, come on,” and suggested that the teacher facing charges is “obviously a very enthusiastic teacher.”
While the women of Outnumbered sometimes pushed back on Carlson’s sexist stances, they also pushed plenty of tired sexist tropes right along with him.
For instance, Guilfoyle previewed a discussion of McDonald’s toys (a recent study revealed McDonald’s employees refused to give girls the so-called “boy” toy) by claiming “girls like pretty ponies, and boys like toy trucks.” Bila threw in that she was “odd” as a child and did not play with Barbies, even though she is “obviously” a female. Though Faulkner noted that she tries to get her two daughters a variety of toys, she concluded: “You want to rule the world, little girls, you’ve got to know what the guys like.”
Fox is notorious for its incredible sexism — Fox News CEO Roger Ailes even allegedly once offered to increase a female producer’s salary in exchange for sex, and became livid after a female host appeared on air wearing pants. The women of Outnumbered seem prepared to fall in step. In addition to the hosts featured today, future hosts include Andrea Tantaros and Katie Pavlich, both of whom have come under fire for slut-shaming and launching sexist attacks on women.
The announcement for the show claimed that the ensemble of four female panelists and one male would allow them to “tackle top new headlines from all angles and perspectives.” Rather than presenting “all angles and perspectives,” Outnumbered sticks to Fox’s favorite tried and true angle — favoring male perspective while capitalizing on female conflicts.
Bill O’Reilly hasn’t tried to defend Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who refuses to pay federal fines, like Sean Hannity, who appears to be trying to instigate — but he does try to lend a sympathetic ear to his problems. Tuesday night, Bill had on his two favorite legal eagles Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle, to suss out the situation and both supported the federal government’s positions over the anti-government fanatics and militiamen. They agreed that Cliven Bundy has no legal or constitutional legs to stand on, and he must pay.
Lis Wiehl: …they let the cattle go, gave them back to him, but he’s still on the hook the government says and I believe they are right about this, the government’s right about this, for one million dollars in late fees and taxes
Lis Wiehl: Grazing fees
O’Reilly: You can use the federal land if you pay for it
Lis Wiehl: You have to pay a fee, right, right.
O’Reilly: Supporters of Bundy say the federal government is violating the constitution, we hear that all the time. Do they have a strong argument?
From the 04.15.2014 edition of FNC’s The O’Reilly Factor:
WHY DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO F*CKING REFER TO BENGHAZI WITH REPUBLICANS: ‘Just saying’: Fox News host compares missing Flight 370 to Benghazi | The Raw Story
A Fox News host compared the search for a missing airliner to the conservative network’s never-ending examination of the Benghazi massacre.
After showing reactions by family members of passengers aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 on Thursday evening’s “The Five,” host Kimberly Guilfoyle imagined what they must be going through.
“Imagine if you’re one of those family members and you know that another country has the means, has the ability, has the economic wherewithal to actually get this investigation going in the right direction,” she said, “where you can get some answers for these poor people, how frustrating. It’s like having a cure for a disease and you just can’t reach out and take it.”
Co-host Andrea Tantaros agreed.
“Watching the footage, and watching the footage of that Malaysian woman that was being played over and over last night, it’s just so sad,” Tantaros said. “But think how long it took for them to get this kind of media attention. Living in Malaysia, the government seemingly ignored these people, they didn’t want their stories to get out, they weren’t talking to them.”
She warned co-host Bob Beckel, the show’s Democratic foil, to plug his ears with his fingers.
“They were saying, ‘No one has come to my house, no one has told me what has happened,” Tantaros said. “Bob, get ready, put these in your ears. Feels like the families of Benghazi, just saying. And we’re better than that.”
Watch this video clip of the exchange posted online by OnlyPlaceForNews:
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Fox News’ The Five co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle, sitting across from Eric Bolling — who once accused President Obama of inviting “hoodlum[s]” to what he called the “hizzouse” — tried to dispense with the issue of racism in America by simply pointing to Obama’s election. The Five panelists were discussing actor/director Morgan Freeman’s recent comments that what animates the tea party’s opposition to Obama is racism. When co-host Bob Beckel pointed out that the “idea that suggests that we don’t have racism rampant in a lot of parts of this country is crazy,” Guilfoyle replied: “OK. But, we nevertheless have a black president. So, there you go.”
On The Five, Beckel was the sole panelist willing to argue that Freeman’s comments weren’t so off-base, saying, “This is the right wing of the right wing of the Republican Party. You’re gonna find some racists in it.”
Bolling, who has a history of making racially charged comments and was heavily criticized for his “hizzouse” remark (he later sort of apologized), replied: “There’s no evidence, there’s no proof of that.”
Guilfoyle called Freeman’s comments “inflammatory” and asserted of the tea party’s opposition to Obama: “I don’t think it has anything to do with race at all.” She also said: “I mean, obviously, he’s going a little Danny Glover, you know. I mean, that’s what — Danny Glover makes comments like that as well. I think he’s wrong. I like Morgan Freeman a lot. I don’t know how helpful that is to the Democratic Party, those statements he’s making because I don’t think it has anything to do with race at all.”
Guilfoyle later pushed back against Beckel’s comment that racism is “rampant in a lot of parts of this country” by suggesting that Obama’s election somehow disproved racism. If only that were true.
White nationalists reportedly routinely organize within tea party groups because they believe tea party supporters “share much common ground” with their political agendas. African-American congressmen have reportedly been harassed and denigrated with a racial epithet by tea party protesters. During the tea party protests of 2010, racist and racially charged signs and slogans were seen at numerous rallies. And it’s not just the tea party. Indeed, Fox News and its personalities have a long history of aggressive race-baiting and racially charged commentary, which has not abated since Obama was elected.
The Daily Tribune News recently reported:
When Rome resident Kristy Spivey purchased the home at 46 Kingston Pointe Drive, she was elated. The joy she felt at having bought her first home, however, turned to anger and disappointment just hours after completing paperwork for the home.
On July 23, Spivey and her real estate agent had met at the Kingston home to go over documents, but on Sunday evening, Spivey, who is black, received a call informing her the residence had been vandalized — “KKK” spraypainted in large black letters across the garage doors and a rear exterior wall.
"One of the neighbors told me this is the second time this has happened in two years to the exact same house," she said. "It’s ridiculous, it’s awful. This was my chance to buy my first home, and I like the neighborhood and everything and then that happens.
"Of course I’m not going to live there because it’s like, ‘OK, well, if I move here, they’ve forewarned me. Will they burn the house down while I’m in it? Will they be burning a cross in my front yard? What’s next?’ "
New Jersey Republican lawmaker Pat Delany resigned last month because his wife reportedly sent an email that was labeled “offensive and racist.” In April, California Republican Marilyn Davenport, a tea party activist, emailed a racist “family photo” of Obama as a baby chimpanzee with two chimpanzee parents. She said she did so “because she thought it was funny.”
A few days after Obama was elected, the New York Times reported that “[o]ne white woman said she feared that blacks would now become more ‘aggressive,’ while another volunteered that she was bothered by the idea of a black man ‘over me’ in the White House.”
Earth to Sellout Newsom Guilfoyle: Racism did NOT end when we elected Barack Obama as our 44th President. In fact, it’s gotten worse.