Equality Matters, a subgroup of Media Matters, a media watchdog group that targets conservative news outlets, has released a new study demonstrating Fox News' continued lack of commitment to honestly and accurately portraying stories that have relevance to members of the LGBT community. This new study focuses on the news network's handling of teenage suicides that have been linked to intense bullying, especially anti-LGBT bullying, in middle school and high school. It includes information on Fox News' treatment of the recent suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old boy who publicly discussed affection for other boys, as well as the legislative discussion of Safe Schools initiatives in New Jersey and Vanderbilt University.
A new Equality Matters analysis has found that Fox virtually ignored the recent suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer, a gay teenager [although GLAAD reports Rodemeyer's stated bisexuality] who took his own life last month after experiencing intense bullying from his peers. In the two weeks following Rodemeyer's death, Fox mentioned the story just once, while discussing proposed new anti-bullying legislation in New York. During the same period, CNN and MSNBC extensively covered both Rodemeyer's death and the ongoing problem of anti-LGBT bullying in America.
For months, Fox has been criticizing and condemning efforts to reduce anti-LGBT bullying, depicting them as radical and unnecessary. In May, Fox devoted three separate segments in two days to attacking a gender diversity lesson being taught in a California public school. Over the past several months, the network has spent segment after segment misinforming about California's FAIR Education Act, which would require public schools to teach students about the historical contributions of LGBT Americans. And in the weeks leading up to Rodemeyer's death, Fox ran five segments attacking New Jersey's new anti-bullying law for allegedly being too expansive.