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Fox News Didn’t Show Democratic Convention Speeches That Cut Against Its Right-Wing Narrative

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Fox News Didn’t Show Democratic Convention Speeches That Cut Against Its Right-Wing Narrative

Khizr Khan speaks during the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

Published with permission from Media Matters for America.

Fox News did not air several Democratic National Convention speeches from figures promoting issues that run counter to the narrative the network has pushed for years—including racial justice, reproductive rights, gun safety reform, LGBT equality, and respect for Muslim-Americans.

During the second day of the convention on July 26, members of the “Mothers of the Movement,” a group of women whose African-American children were killed due to gun violence or in officer-involved shootings, shared their experiences and their children’s memories. The women also urged people to support Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who they said “isn’t afraid to say that black lives matter,” and pushed for criminal justice reform and gun safety reform. Fox News not only neglected to air the speeches, but the Mothers of the Movement appearance went completely unmentioned at the time. Fox News and right-wing media have repeatedly demonized the Black Lives Matter movement, likening it to “a hate group” and a “murder movement.” They have also dismissed calls for criminal justice reform, pushing the “black-on-black crime” canard as an excuse and calling concerns about systemic racism in American society “dumb.”

The convention also featured speakers who advocated for protecting abortion rights, including Planned Parenthood Action Fund president Cecile Richards, who spoke on July 26, and NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue, who spoke on July 27. Both speeches were ignored by Fox. Protecting abortion rights runs counter to the stigma Fox casts on the medical procedure, with their hosts falsely framing abortion law restrictions as patient safety measures and calling a common abortion procedure “dismemberment abortion.” Conservative media have joined Fox figures to demonize Planned Parenthood, repeatedly pushing debunked myths that the organization profited off the selling of fetal tissue. This smear effort has been led by Fox News, which has hosted overwhelmingly anti-choice guests — often extremists — to push misinformation about abortion and about Planned Parenthood.

The convention included remarks from relatives of victims of the Orlando and Sandy Hook massacres, both speaking on July 27 on behalf of gun safety reform. Fox covered neither speaker. Fox has consistently misinformed on the issue of gun safety, pushing the National Rifle Association-driven lie that gun safety measures would “take” guns away from lawful gun owners,and calling gun safety reforms “flat-out dangerous.” Right-wing media have also falsely claimed that shootings tend to occur in so-called “gun-free zones,” and have even asserted that restricting assault weapons such as those used in the Orlando and Sandy Hookmass shootings constitutes a “war on women.”

On the final day of the convention, Sarah McBride delivered remarks as the first openly transgender person to ever speak at a party convention. McBride urged the passing of legislation to “combat violence against transgender women of color, and to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic once and for all.” Again, Fox was the only cable network to not carry the speech. Fox has long waged a war on LGBT rights, arguing marriage equality would be a slippery slope to marrying animals and portraying those opposed to the policy as victims. More recently, Fox has worked to demonize transgender Americans, calling equal access to bathrooms for transgender people a “violation … of everybody’s rights” and pushing the dangerous and long-debunked myth that safe, accessible bathrooms for all would result in grown men targeting girls in restrooms. Fox personalities have also called transgender Americans “confused” and “troubled” and “a very big threat to our culture.”

Muslim-American Khizr Khan, whose son was a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq, also addressed the convention on July 28. Khan spoke about the honor he and his wife felt to attend the convention “as patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to our country.” Khan condemned Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s rhetoric against Muslims, challenging Trump to read the Constitution and concluding, “You have sacrificed nothing. And no one.” Fox only aired two minutes of the 7-minute-long speech without audio as commercials — including a Benghazi attack ad — played over it. Fox figures have repeatedly questioned the patriotism and beliefs of Muslim-Americans, saying it is “ridiculous” to claim they “are assimilating”, claiming that Islam “was born of violence,” and repeatedly ignoring Muslim-American voices to falsely assertthat the community doesn’t speak out after terrorist attacks. Fox and right-wing media also gave cover to Trump’s Muslim ban proposal, calling it “rather prudent” and framing it as “the Constitution versus the Quran on every level.”

Photo: Khizr Khan, whose son, Humayun S. M. Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving in the U.S. Army  in the 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, offers to loan his copy of the Constitution to Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump, as he speaks during the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar



  1. Daniel Jones July 29, 2016

    Not only do they outright manufacture things, they are refusing to air stories counter to their agenda?


    1. iamproteus July 30, 2016

      Your post seems to suggest that you are surprised that FOX would stoop so low. Well, you ain’t seen nuthin yet!

      1. Daniel Jones July 31, 2016

        I am never surprised at the Rape Channel’s Faux Noise division. Doesn’t stop me snarling in disgust, though..

  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 29, 2016

    FOX is vying with its Frankenstein-like creator Ailes to plumb deeper the depths of despair and depravity. The level of bias and bigotry of this quasi-news/visual National Enquirer organization has for years prevented it from reflecting accurately and objectively what is happening in America, as well as in the rest of the world, and should have been stripped of its license. It’s simply an extension of the state of delirium that consumes Donald.

    In summary, FOX is a national perversion, and has become a festering sore that serves no useful purpose and needs to be amputated—the sooner, the better.

  3. A. D. Reed July 29, 2016

    We need a new Fairness Doctrine. Fox broadcasts on the nationally owned airwaves. Before Reagan and Murdoch (who bought his residency and citizenship with a $5 million-donation to Reagan), the Fairness Doctrine required that those businesses that leased the publicly owned airwaves had to use them in the public interest. Reagan gutted the doctrine, and the Republicans refused to renew it when it expired.

    1. GodBlessRealAmerica!!! July 31, 2016


  4. Bills July 30, 2016

    Unfortunately this is inaccurate. As they showed the convention without interruption. And it’s kind of a dumb headline when the fact is that speakers didn’t mention ISIS until day 3, and made light of the issue. So…

    1. Mildredmcraft July 30, 2016

      <<o. ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!fn508m:….,…..

    2. Vocalic Scissors July 30, 2016

      I am not shaking in my boots. I am not afraid of ISIS. It’s just another terrorist organization that’s doomed to fail, like all others before it. If you look just little bit, you will be able to find them all, and then ask yourself where are they now. Let’s stop cowering about ISIS. ISIS will die. Please read the headline again. It’s as follow: “Fox News did not air several Democratic National Convention speeches from figures promoting issues that run counter to the narrative the network has pushed for years—including racial justice, reproductive rights, gun safety reform, LGBT equality, and respect for Muslim-Americans.” Fox nitpick the speakers that they show during uninterrupted coverage.

  5. bobnstuff July 30, 2016

    When are they going to get it right! Fox is not a news channel, they are an entertainment channel and presenting fiction not news. The first time my wife watched Rush she though it was a comedy show.

  6. Jenn July 30, 2016

    This is why the conservative movement has been hijacked by many who are uninformed. This is why Donald Trump is the standard bearer for the Republican party. Republicans spent the primary season denying the obvious saying “Trump does not represent what Republicans stand for”, but he represents a base that receives it’s information from Fox and right-wing radio. They live in a bubble of denial and “don’t believe the liberal media” even when the facts speak for themselves. I guess it is therapeutic for them to ignore the things that are hard for them to accept but their ignorance and denial doesn’t change reality.

  7. CM46 July 30, 2016

    Fox News = Faux News

  8. Dominick Vila July 30, 2016

    FOX spent more time offering the opinions of their talking heads, and interviewing Donald, than they did covering the Democratic convention. Especially when Bloomberg, a General, an Admiral, and a medal of honor recipient spoke. They knew the opinions of prominent Americans, and a hero, undermined their narrative and were poison to the semblance of patriotism and economic prowess they are attempting to project. The unfortunate part of this is that millions of Americans form their opinions based on what FOX, Rush, and a few other charlatans tell them, rather than making an effort to analyze issues, form decisions based on facts rather than demagoguery, and vote for those whose agenda is to advance our interests and improve our standard of living, instead of one who is a willing participant in the outsourcing of American jobs, and who does not hesitate to encourage foreigners and/or foreign governments to spy on the U.S. Who knows, maybe the latter is an attempt to bring jobs and stimulate our economy by importing vodka and caviar, and selling at “bargain” prices at the Trump Tower.

  9. ORAXX July 30, 2016

    Nothing like keeping things ‘fair and balanced’. Faux Noise has never been anything but the propaganda arm of the Republican party. They don’t even make the pretense of objectivity.

    1. 788eddie July 30, 2016

      I’ve heard Fox [sic] news referred to as “the Republican Party at prayer”.

  10. FT66 July 30, 2016

    Let us be fair here and cut Fox News a bit of slack. Megyn Kelly really showed this man on her show, though not the whole video but the important parts, where he asked Trump even he has ever read the constitution, ever sacrificed anything to the country and even ever been in a cementry. She (Megyn Kelly) was really tough, I mean very tough to her guest Mike Huckabee who tried to brush off everything. In my opinion she did a very good job on this issue on behalf of her company.

  11. 788eddie July 30, 2016

    So much for “fair and balanced.”

  12. 788eddie July 30, 2016

    Fox is the National Enquirer of broadcast media.

    1. Charles Winter July 30, 2016

      That’s an insult to the National Enquirer.

      1. 788eddie July 30, 2016

        In retrospect, you may be right. I apologize to the National Enquirer

    2. Oddworld July 30, 2016

      Both are good for a laugh or two.

  13. johninPCFL July 30, 2016

    Roger Ailes and Fox went to court and won the ability to lie on air, and still keep their “news” name, because they made the case that they were “entertainment”, journalists.
    They don’t have to tell the truth, and simply don’t.

    1. dtgraham July 31, 2016

      They did. Why that hasn’t been hammered home 100 million times since 2004, and still hammered home today, is frankly beyond me.

  14. Jon July 30, 2016

    Fox News will report all that you need to know to make an educated decision.

    1. bobnstuff July 30, 2016

      True, as long as your educational level is the forth grade and decide the way they want you to.

  15. Oddworld July 30, 2016

    News flash!

  16. Siegfried Heydrich July 30, 2016

    Fox: We Deceive, you Believe!!

  17. Stephen La Serra July 30, 2016

    Why would Fox show The DNC in the first place? I am surprised they showed as much as they did. I am sure their viewers wouldn’t have minded if they just showed the talking heads for 4 days.


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