Donald Trump's shocking and sudden decision to reverse policy and ban transgender people from serving in the military is not going down well on social media and elsewhere. So it's no surprise that Fox News is giving the news the bare minimum of air time. UPDATE: A discussion was finally aired during the 2 PM hour.
At 9:21 AM, America's Newsroom gave a brief report on Trump's decision:
Then it was on to North Korea, healthcare and Donald Trump's rally the night before:
The next hour, it was more of the same:
There was lots more news about Trump in the next hour, on Happening Now, but not the transgender ban:
In the following hour, the Outnumbered show did not discuss the transgender ban:
Fox News got around to reporting on it again, at about 1:24 PM, in a one-minute report. Watch it below, from the July 26, 2017 Happening Now. Underneath that is the 28-seconds America's Newsroom spent on the news at 9:21 AM.
In other words, in 4 hours, Fox spent under 2 minutes on the subject.
UPDATE: Fox host Julie Banderas criticized Trump's move as "disappointing" and did a decent interview with Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) who sits on the Armed Services Committee, during America's News HQ. I'll post the video when it's available.
11:47 PM Update: Since this post, several other shows have discussed this topic.
Ha! On multiple levels, but I can’t help but wonder if Great Mind Kelley actually “can’t tell” if the other TH at FNC are “po or con.”
Kelley, you will always be po.
In response to the next flurry of dissent from within GOP ranks I fully expect the POTUS to decide that all blacks and coloureds in the military are to be transferred to segregated battalions.
After that, it’s anybody’s guess I guess.
I’ve been meaning to do a new “Fox mail” post for weeks. Most of the emails now are complaints about Shepard Smith, though none is as awful as the one here. I’m leaving it, just to show what kind of people are Fox fans.
There’s just so much news since Twitler came into office, I’ve been swamped with things I feel I have to post so the mail, which is not time-critical (as an old boss used to say) keeps getting bumped.
Perhaps Fox is not reporting on this because they fear that good right-wing Christian children will ask, mommy, what’s a transgender?
It’s of course a hateful action, but again, we shouldn’t be surprised that the Pence White House would engage in hateful and vicious behavior. It’s what their base expects and loves, and it lines up with what Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity want to encourage throughout the country.
And at this point, Fox News is doing its part to retroactively justify the hateful act.