While examining how various Fox News personalities have approached the homosexual issue, the new ASI report looks closely at Kelly, a so-called "rising star" at the channel who has a history of trying to "marginalize and discredit religious conservatives."
One of the examples cited in the report is how Kelly emerged as a "transgender advocate" for "Chaz" Bono after the former child actor switched genders from female to male. Kelly was "arrogant and belligerent" in a 2011 interview with Dr. Keith Ablow, in response to his excellent FoxNews.com article urging parents not to let their impressionable children watch Bono on Dancing With the Stars. Kelly's hostile interview with Ablow reached a low point when she accused him of "adding to the hate" against transgenders.
The report adds, "Viewers should remember that it was Kelly ... who set up Bill O'Reilly's 'Thump the Bible' hubbub by stating that in her prior interview with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, she did not hear any 'compelling' arguments against same-sex 'marriage.' This led O'Reilly to enthusiastically agree and make his famous remark (which many Christians and conservatives found pejorative)."
"So-called 'Bible thumpers' and other Christians and conservatives who have been offended by Fox News should get the message," Kincaid says. "This is a channel that has lost its way and that viewers should lose their way to on the remote control."
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