Fox News is under fire from media observers for hosting a viruently anti-gay group and a controversial author with anti-gay views on Laura Ingraham’s The Ingraham Angle, particularly sensitive issues as cities across the nation celebrate Pride Month.
On Thursday, the Fox News personality and podcast host invited the writer Arthur Shaper to participate in a panel to discuss the popularity of Drag Queen Story Hour, a program where drag queens read children’s story books to kids at local libraries. These story hours are “popping up all over the country,” Ingraham warned viewers Thursday night.
On Friday, Fox had guests from MassResistance, a group whose views have been labeled hate by some organizations.
Thursday guest Schaper called drag queens “adult illicit entertainment” and condemned the Drag Queen Story Hour program that’s adapted by many libraries, calling them “pole dancer story hour” and “porn actor story hour,” according to Media Matters.
Ingraham joined the commentary, noting that Drag Queen Story Hours are an organized “attempt to advance a particular agenda,” the New Civil Rights Movement noted.
However, when Schaper pulled out a card with MassResistance’s name on it and a copy of the book, Ingraham pushed back. “Hold on — here’s one thing i don’t like on this show, when people bring props. OK?,” Ingraham countered.
However, it proved to be a bit much for Ingraham when Schaper butted in again, saying “This is what people should be reading,” Ingraham then cut off the interview, saying the segment was not intended to promote a group.
“We are trying to figure out what is really going on here. people have legitimate concerns on both sides of this issue, Ingrahan interjected. “What is the point of doing this with kids? Is there a point? That is what we are trying to find out tonight. We appreciate it.”
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