Fox News Ignores Ken Mehlman’s Coming Out, Runs Zero Segments On Story

When Judge Vaughn Walker struck down Proposition 8, Fox News barely mentioned the story and its most prominent conservative commentators ignored it entirely. Yesterday, after the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder reported that former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman — who had orchestrated President Bush’s gay-bating 2004 re-election campaign — was coming out as gay, Fox News remained similarly mum and as of this posting has yet to run a single segment on the story.

A Wonk Room review of Critical Mention reveals that CNN mentioned the name “Mehlman” 19 times, MSNBC reported on it 12 times (searches for “gay” and “Ken” produced similar results, with Fox News stuck at 0):


It’s unclear why Fox News ignored the story, since some Republicans have embraced Mehlman’s coming out. The Wonk Room argues that Fox has a history of ignoring stories that undermine conservative causes.

Cross-posted from The Wonk Room.


Politico received this response from Fox News:

Michael Clemente, senior vice president of News Editorial at Fox News, responded by pointing to the website’s coverage of the story. “We reported it on Fox News.com,” he said. “We don’t report every one of these public statements on television and have not for some time now.”

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,Mediaite notes that Fox did in fact report on Mehlman, but fails to note that this occurred AFTER ThinkProgress’s post.

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