From the October 18 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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From the October 7 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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Tea party darling and CNN contributor Dana Loesch has decided to engage in some audacious revisionism in order to defend conservatives from criticism over the booing of a gay soldier at a Republican presidential debate.
Loesch's re-imagining concerned the Fox News-Google debate during which a question given by Stephen Hill, a gay soldier serving in Iraq, elicited audible booing from the audience. Media figures and even some Republican presidential candidates have condemned the booing.
At a fundraiser yesterday, President Obama also condemned the booing while criticizing aspects of the modern-day Republican Party:
Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republicans but are puzzled by what's happened to that party, are puzzled by what's happening to that party. I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately? You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change, it's true. You've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they're gay.
Loesch responded on Andrew Breitbart's Big Journalism, claiming that President Obama had deliberately lied about the booing.
As evidence that Obama was lying, Loesch linked to a previous blog post she had written, claiming that she had "thoroughly debunked" the booing story.
But her previous blog actually confirms the fact that the soldier was booed at the debate.
In a September 23 Washington Times column, Robert Knight compared President Obama to Rodney King, complained Obama does not speak "on behalf of the United States" and claimed Obama turned the military into the "largest homosexual-sensitivity training unit in history." From The Washington Times:
But the real message seemed to be Mr. Obama's taking the dais as king of the world. He touched on every theme imaginable to make "our children" happy, wealthy and wise. He talked about curing various diseases; stopping war and climate change; advancing science, prosperity and, yes, even homosexual rights, throwing in a line suited to a fundraiser in San Francisco.
Of course, with his converting the U.S. military into the largest homosexual-sensitivity training unit in history this week, why should we be surprised?
From the September 25 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources:
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Fox News contributor Dr. Keith Ablow has come under intense criticism in recent weeks for his public opposition to Chaz Bono's participation on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. In a column posted on FoxNews.com earlier this month, Ablow warned parents that letting their children watch Bono on television could "kindle" their desire to become transgender and "amputate" their body parts:
It is a toxic and unnecessary byproduct of the tragic celebration of transgender surgery that millions of young people who do watch "Dancing with the Stars" will have to ponder this question: Maybe my problems really stem from the fact that I'm a girl inside a boy's body (or a boy inside a girls body). Maybe I'm not a tomboy; I'm just a boy! Maybe I'm not just being bullied because I'm a sensitive, reflective young man interested in flowers, not football. Maybe I'm not just uncertain about my sexuality. Maybe I'm a girl! Maybe all this angst and suffering I'm feeling as I emerge into puberty and pass through it isn't just because I'm changing, but because I should change completely--and have my breasts removed or my penis amputated!
It would be wrong to think that gender dysphoria cannot be kindled by celebrating those who have undergone sexual reassignment surgery. Human beings do model one another--in terms of emotion, thought and behavior. By broadcasting, applauding and mainstreaming the journey of a very disordered person who endured, and likely will continue to endure, real suffering based on extraordinarily deep psychological problems, we suggest that that journey is a smart--even heroic--one to take. [emphasis added]
Ablow has spent the last several weeks making the rounds on Fox News to defend his column. According to Ablow, allowing Bono to participate on Dancing with the Stars is akin to celebrating anorexia or heroin addiction. According to him, celebrating someone like Chaz Bono on television is "reality bending" because, as Ablow so eloquently put it, "Chaz Bono is not a man!"
Ablow's fierce opposition to "broadcasting, applauding, and mainstreaming" transgender people on television might come as a surprise to you if you're one of the few people on earth who watched the short-lived Dr. Keith Ablow Show. Beginning in 2006, the show ran for only one season and was cancelled due to poor ratings.
Before being yanked off the air, however, The Dr. Keith Ablow Show dedicated an entire episode to transgender people "living with a sex change operation." The Dr. Ablow of 2007 seems to have had a very different take on the danger of 'celebrating' transgender people.
In one segment, Ablow noted that a guest's "denial" of her gender identity "didn't work" and made sure to address her with correctly gendered pronouns. Ablow even stated that it "makes sense in every way" for his guest to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
From the September 19 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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From Dr. Keith Ablow's unscientific attacks on Chaz Bono to Dr. Manny Alvarez's baseless suggestion that Tylenol will soon be moved behind the counter because of the Affordable Care Act, Fox News' "Medical A-Team" experts routinely advance misinformation, sometimes using their medical credentials to give credence to their arguments.
At 12:01 a.m., the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy will expire under the bill President Obama signed in December, allowing gay and lesbian servicemembers to serve openly in the armed forces.
As required under that legislation, President Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen all certified in July that the repeal would not adversely effect military readiness or unit cohesion.
During the extensive debate over whether DADT would be repealed, Media Matters identified and debunked several falsehoods about the policy:
Credible media outlets should see to that as the discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy expires, so do these myths.
In a September 16 Washington Times op-ed titled, "Congress resists rush for an LGBT military; Obama Pentagon tries to impose homosexual service unilaterally," Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness wrote:
Enter pseudonymed J.D. Smith, director of an "underground" military activist group called Outserve. Mr. Smith told The Washington Times that he wants targeted recruitment of homosexuals, just like other minorities, and representation at homosexual pride parades. Outserve is publishing a special-interest magazine for distribution on military bases, and the group is planning an October "summit" in Las Vegas to discuss what LGBT personnel want from the military.
Separatism in the military invites trouble. Some European forces have labor unions that negotiate benefits, but our military does not permit active-duty unions or factions that would disrupt unity of purpose in the ranks.
President Obama made a political promise to LGBT activists, and Defense Department appointees have created a shaky house of cards that is about to collapse. Congress has the right to review regulations defining the president's "San Francisco military." Tactics used to pass and enforce theLGBT law should be made public, and the next president and Congress should resolve to take our military back.
Fox News "Medical A-Team" expert Dr. Keith Ablow has repeatedly used his Fox platform to launch unscientific and prejudicial attacks on Chaz Bono and his appearance on Dancing With the Stars. The president of the American Psychiatric Association and one of its specialists in gender identity have rebutted Ablow's attacks, calling them "opinions, scare tactics, and inflammatory language."
Fox News has consistently given its "Medical A-Team" member Dr. Keith Ablow a platform to promote paranoia and fear about transgender people. Back in April, he wrote a FoxNews.com column freaking out about a J. Crew ad showing a mother painting her son's toenails pink.
Then in May, Ablow began his campaign against Chaz Bono's appearance on Dancing With the Stars. His May 17 FoxNews.com column, which alleged that Bono suffered from a "psychotic delusion," attracted so much criticism that Fox actually pulled the piece.
In his August 11 FoxNews.com column, Ablow promoted a raft of misinformation about sexuality, including gender identity. As Think Progress noted, Ablow wrongly suggested that gender identity is a choice.
On September 2, Ablow used his FoxNews.com column to return to his attacks on the inclusion of Bono, and then on the September 6 edition Fox Business show America's Nightly Scorecard, he alleged that the gender identity of "tomboys" in the Dancing With the Stars audience could be affected by watching a transgender man in the competition.
Yesterday, FoxNews.com posted a response to Ablow's September 2 column from Dr. Jack Drescher, who is a "Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders" -- an expert in the field at issue. Drescher asked of Ablow's column, "Wouldn't it be more helpful to offer scientific data rather than sensationalized, detailed descriptions of sex reassignment surgery or metaphors about double amputees to support the views Dr. Ablow 'believes to be true?' "
Today on Fox News' America Live, host Megyn Kelly confronted Ablow about his history of attacking Bono's Dancing With the Stars appearance. She repeatedly challenged Ablow on the merits of his argument, citing Drescher's post and pointing out Drescher is a specialist in the area, unlike Ablow.
Kelly told him, "There's so much hate out there. There's so much hate for gays and lesbians and transgendered people." She added, "The thing is, Doc, you seem to be adding to the hate."
Fox News contributor Keith Ablow recently appeared on Howard Stern's program to defend his criticism about the participation of Chaz Bono -- who is transgender -- on ABC's Dancing With The Stars. Ablow repeated his claim that Bono would hurt children by convincing them to become transgender. Ablow also analogized the situation to "if a person came to me tattooed as a zebra," adding, "I'm not going to have my kids watch a show in which people pretend to be farm animals."
In a recent statement, American Psychiatric Association president John M. Oldham reportedly debunked Ablow's argument, stating that there "is no evidence that viewing a television game show with a transgender contestant would induce Gender Identity Disorder in young people":
"The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recognizes gender identity disorder (GID) as a psychiatric disorder that involves significant distress or impairment in functioning. The APA supports access to appropriate diagnosis and treatment for persons with GID and recognizes that the decision to undergo gender transition is a deeply personal one. The APA opposes all forms of discrimination against persons with GID. There is no evidence that viewing a television game show with a transgender contestant would induce Gender Identity Disorder in young people."
Ablow called in to Stern's SiriusXM program last Thursday (note: as it is Howard Stern, audio of the segment contains nsfw language). Stern opened the segment by calling himself a "fan" of Ablow but wondered, "what's going on ... you're becoming a -- it seems a little bit silly with this homophobic stuff. ... you're getting a little off the wall."
In a September 9 Washington Times column, Robert Knight compared the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to "the devil," suggesting both are attempting to "corrupt innocent children." Knight further complained the ACLU goes "far beyond promoting tolerance and openly promote[s] homosexuality." From the Times:
If you were the devil, what would be your most important mission, other than inventing false religions? It would be to corrupt innocent children.
I'd cloak sexual promiscuity in terms of self-fulfillment, mix it up with junk science and lobby the teachers unions to openly promote the Kinsey sex education model of children as "sexual beings" whose "orientation" has no moral relevance.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is running around the country, shaking its fists at school districts and demanding that kids be exposed to whatever the homosexual movement deems appropriate. In Prince William County, Va., after an ACLU threat, school officials removed the filter blocking homosexual websites. The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group, has sent letters to eight school districts, including Prince William, advising them that they have every right to keep the filters. But Prince William has caved, at least for now.
Having lost the library fight, the ACLU is concentrating on schoolchildren. The websites for the gay groups that the ACLU is representing are not porn sites, but they are gateways to a world of temptation for vulnerable children unsure about their sexuality. They go far beyond promoting tolerance and openly promote homosexuality.
From the September 8 edition of ABC's The View:
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