The New York Times notes a peculiar new obsession of the Fox News website: American wummenfolk accused of sexual abuse.
Through the first half of 2017, the site posted fewer than 20 stories on women accused of sex offenses. The new focus started on June 30, when FoxNews.com published an article on “the apparently increasing frequency of female teachers having sex with their young male students.” Over the next six months the site posted some 98 articles on instances of sexual abuse allegedly committed by women, most of them teachers.
Tales of the unusual suit the tabloid aesthetic of much of the site’s content. What was noteworthy was the spike in coverage of the subject, which began a few weeks after Noah Kotch, a former producer at NBC’s “Today” show, became the site’s editor in chief. It also came in the aftermath of numerous sexual harassment scandals at Fox News.
Ah yes, Fox News loves their stories of women preying on innocent American lads. A visit to Fox would have you believing this was a new national epidemic (narrator: it is not).
Mr. Kotch said that the uptick in stories on the subject was not related to Fox News’s own sexual harassment issues […]
It’s good to see other media outlets give an occasional side-eye to the Fox News empire and their, ahem, curious priorities. It should be done more often. The Times suggests these particular stories, most of which are about sultry teachers leading innocent male students astray with their dangerous feminine charms (or something to that effect) are part of the FoxNews.com “tabloid aesthetic,” while strongly noting the curious coincidence of the timing, coming on the heels of top Fox News figures being booted from the network for a pattern of sexual harassment of female network employees. But as a longtime Fox(ugh)watcher I’ll suggest there’s a dearer agenda than either promoting “tabloid” fare or defending the network via editorial bank shot.
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