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  • Fox Downplays Sexual Assault, Until It Fits Their Anti-Muslim Refugee Agenda

    ››› ››› TYLER CHERRY

    Fox News devoted numerous segments to reports of mass sexual assaults committed in Cologne, Germany on New Year's Eve by men "having a 'North African or Arabic' appearance," using the story to fearmonger about the "direct threat" posed by "how fast you allow ... Syrian refugees into this country." This reporting stands in contrast to Fox's history of downplaying sexual assaults when it doesn't fit their anti-refugee agenda.

  • It's Not Just Perino: Fox Figures Have A Sordid History Of Blaming Female Victims

    ››› ››› CHELSEA RUDMAN & EMILY ARROWOOD

    While discussing the recent murder of Kasandra Perkins at the hands of her boyfriend, NFL player Jovan Belcher, Fox News host Dana Perino claimed women who are "victims of violence" need to "make better decisions." Perino's comment is just the latest in a long line of Fox figures placing blame on female victims of crime or alleged crimes.

  • Ignoring Critics, Right-Wing Media Defend NYPD Muslim Surveillance While Pushing Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

    ››› ››› ERIC SCHROECK, MELODY JOHNSON & REMINGTON SHEPARD

    Right-wing media have defended the New York Police Department's (NYPD) surveillance of American Muslims throughout the Northeast, engaging in anti-Muslim rhetoric and dismissing concerns of civil rights groups while doing so. But law enforcement experts have said that the program has a "negative impact" on the ability to gather counterterrorism intelligence, and lawmakers from across the political spectrum have criticized the program.

  • Fox's Trotta Defends Remarks On Women In Military, Claims Pentagon Spreads "Dishonest Fairy Tales About Female Heroism"

    Blog ››› ››› TERRY KREPEL

    Last weekend, Fox News contributor Liz Trotta said of reports on increased sexual assaults against women in the military: "Now, what did they expect? These people are in close contact." Trotta also said that "we have women once more, the feminist, going, wanting to be warriors and victims at the same time" and later added that feminists "have also directed them, really, to spend a lot of money. They have sexual counselors all over the place, victims' advocates, sexual response coordinators. ... You have this whole bureaucracy upon bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much." Trotta's remarks received widespread condemnation.

    On the February 19 edition of Fox's America's News HQ, Trotta responded to the criticism. She said that the intent of her remarks was not to say that "all military men are rapists," but to express that "the environment of combat, by definition, sets up a situation where basic instincts rule. The niceities of male-female interaction fade in this arena, and any scientist will tell you that testosterone rules." Trotta claimed that "most" of her critics "have no experience with the subject" of women in the military.

  • UPDATED: Fox News' Liz Trotta Condemned For "Abhorrent" Remarks On Sexual Assault In Military

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    This post was updated on February 15 to include further reaction to Trotta's remarks.

    Fox News contributor Liz Trotta is drawing strong criticism for her remarks on sexual assault in the military, including from Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA), and a veterans group who called on Trotta to apologize.

    During a Fox News segment on Sunday about new rules regarding women in the military, Trotta reacted to a Pentagon report showing a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults since 2006 by stating: "Now, what did they expect? These people are in close contact."

    Trotta also attacked the Department of Defense for increasing funding for support programs for victims of sexual assault. Trotta remarked, "the feminists have also directed them, really, to spend a lot of money. They have sexual counselors all over the place, victims' advocates, sexual response coordinators. ... you have this whole bureaucracy upon bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much." When Fox News anchor Eric Shawn said that "many would say that they need to be protected," Trotta replied: "That's funny, I thought the mission of the" armed forces "was to defend and protect us, not the people who were fighting the war."

    Fox News did not respond to a request for comment about the remarks.

    "Contrary to Trotta's comments, being a victim of rape or sexual assault is not in the job description of a US Service Member," said Rep. Jackie Speier in a statement to Media Matters. "It is shameful for anyone to assert that the military does not have an obligation to protect its troops and it is abhorrent that a journalist would spin the Pentagon's statistics about rape and sexual assault in a way that suggests these crimes are normal or acceptable."

    Rep. Niki Tsongas said in a statement:

    "The statements made by Ms. Trotta over the weekend are deplorable. They are an affront to our brave men and women in uniform who are serving, fighting, and dying for our country and its principles of equal treatment under the law for all Americans. The Pentagon rightly recognizes that the protections for our servicemembers must improve and that sexual assault within the ranks must not be tolerated."

    Mother Jones national security reporter Adam Weinstein, who served in the Navy, blasted Trotta for suggesting "that women who defend this country should expect to get raped" and that military men "are monsters who can't stop themselves from raping women in close proximity, and shouldn't be expected to." On Time.com, author and Army veteran Donna McAleer wrote an opinion piece rebutting Trotta. Steve Benen, a producer and blogger for MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, wrote: "It's hard to even comprehend such a twisted perspective. ... That anyone would find such attitudes acceptable is just stunning."

    The National Sexual Violence Resource Center said in a statement that it "is saddened by" the remarks:

    "The National Sexual Violence Resource Center is saddened by recent comments by Fox News contributor Liz Trotta about sexual assault in the military. Contrary to Ms. Trotta's viewpoint, this is not just a 'feminist' issue. It is a human rights issue. Sexual violence, including rape, impacts men, women and children across the life span. No one should 'expect' to be raped. Our CEO, Delilah Rumburg, served on the Department of Defense Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies, and is aware of the work needed to strengthen prevention and response initiatives within the military. Our organization has several resources available to help educate the media and individuals, such as Ms. Trotta, about sexual violence and how it affects individual soldiers, families and their communities."

    VetPAC, a political group that supports veterans running for office, released the following to Media Matters strongly condemning the "inappropriate comments" and requesting an apology:

  • Fox's Liz Trotta On Sexual Assault In Military: "What Did They Expect? These People Are In Close Contact"

    Blog ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD

    During a segment about new rules regarding women in the military, Fox News contributor Liz Trotta attacked the Department of Defense for increasing spending on support programs for victims of sexual assault. Trotta also reacted to a Pentagon report showing a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults since 2006 by stating: "Now, what did they expect? These people are in close contact."

    Trotta began by claiming "we have women once more, the feminist, going, wanting to be warriors and victims at the same time" and later added that feminists "have also directed them, really, to spend a lot of money. They have sexual counselors all over the place, victims' advocates, sexual response coordinators. ... you have this whole bureaucracy upon bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much."

    When Fox News anchor Eric Shawn said that "many would say that they need to be protected," Trotta replied: "That's funny, I thought the mission of the" armed forces "was to defend and protect us, not the people who were fighting the war."