Underneath the star-spangled banner of Fox News, a flag once hoisted high by conservative values, there appears to be a significant change in the winds. The once revered network has seemingly turned its back on its right-leaning audience, showing signs of succumbing to the lure of the modern “woke” culture. This drastic shift in policy has inevitably sparked controversy, leaving its dedicated audience questioning the station’s commitment to conservative principles.
The Daily Signal‘s recent scoop paints a grim picture, detailing the network’s surprising, yet overt, capitulation to “woke” dogmas surrounding gender identity. Fox News, as reported, has started allowing employees to use facilities and adopt attire aligned with their chosen gender identity, irrespective of their biological sex. The employees are also to be addressed by their chosen names and pronouns, as detailed in the company handbook, a copy of which The Daily Signal has allegedly received.
Even as conservatives raise their eyebrows at Fox Digital’s adoption of activist lexicon like “gender-affirming care” in their online articles, the network seems unfazed. Adding to the growing disquiet, Fox has also been employing female pronouns for individuals biologically male at birth, such as TikTok influencer Dylan Mulvaney and swimmer Lia Thomas.
Back in June 2022, Fox received a wave of criticism over an on-air segment praising a child’s gender transition as a source of “inspiration.” The same segment featured California state Senator Scott Weiner, a radical Democrat infamous for advocating relaxed rules for sex offenders involving minors. The report also underscored activist claims that children might contemplate suicide if denied gender transition, a narrative hard to reconcile with traditional conservative values.
The Daily Signal report further quoted Fox News staff members who took a dim view of the network’s new direction. One of them, a former producer for “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” vented their disappointment, lamenting the network’s clandestine promotion of “woke” ideology, despite its conservative front.
Post Carlson’s controversial show cancellation, employees working on the new 8 p.m. program, “Fox News Tonight,” were allegedly directed by higher-ups not to criticize Mulvaney. This surprising shift towards a more liberal agenda reveals the underlying current of transformation the network is undergoing.
The company’s dedication to creating a more “inclusive” work environment is explicitly stated in the employee handbook. It guarantees employees who are transitioning their gender a safe workspace, free from harassment and discrimination.
The Fox handbook, taking a leaf from the Human Rights Campaign’s playbook, includes a glossary of LGBTQ terms. It seems Fox has not just aligned itself with the HRC’s definitions, but also its overall stance on LGBTQ+ issues. The network’s consistent perfect scores on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, used to measure LGBTQ+ workplace equality, further confirm its shift towards “woke” ideology.
Ironically, Fox News, which has built its reputation on challenging “woke companies,” now stands accused of adopting the same culture it frequently criticizes. As per a former employee, this sudden change would likely leave the channel’s traditional viewership dumbfounded.
This shift within Fox News signifies a broader cultural transition that continues to impact many institutions and companies across America. It serves as a reminder to conservatives to reassess their alliances and question the authenticity of institutions they once held dear. As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words, and Fox News’s actions appear to be saying a lot about its new ideological leanings.