“How DARE Fox imply that Disney has a pedophile problem…as we reported on…”
When it comes to FoxNews, it is a running joke just how intently focused Brian Stelter and his ward, Boy Wonder Oliver Darcy, are on their news competition. Thus, it is with little surprise that we see them intently covering the latest focus from Fox, and with large amusement at how oblivious they’ve become in the process.
Reporting from the Fox Cave, Stelter & Darcy have detailed how extensive the focus on the entertainment conglomerate has been, and yes, it can be argued that Fox has been a bit excessive in that focus. But this undynamic duo also misses that they, too, appear to have a tad obsessive.
Since last week, the pair cannot stop talking about how Fox cannot stop talking about Disney. On Wednesday, Darcy wrote about how conservative media is “Demonizing Disney.” Then on Friday, Darcy penned the Reliable Sources newsletter, in which the melodramatics are in full effect. “Fox News relentlessly attacks Disney” about the Florida Law, Ollie writes, in his usual calm fashion. He goes on to give his own overview of the coverage, delivering the drama but not exactly the evidence. Ollie describes this type of coverage as “frankly dark.”
The right-wing talk network has in recent days portrayed Disney as a “creepy” company aiming to sexualize young children and indoctrinate them with a radical LGBTQ agenda. That’s not to say all of the commentary has been this explicit or fallen under this umbrella. But the general tenor of the network’s coverage has been in this vein.
The Sunday newsletter from Brian mentioned the battle between Ron DeSantis and Disney, and the Sunday edition of Reliable Sources saw Brian convene a panel to discuss the topic of LGBTQ rights coming under fire from right-wing media. Considering the lie of that premise, it is of zero surprise that you find no conservatives gathered for the show.
As the week continued, we got more snippets from the partisan pair, but it comes to an intolerable head with this clip from Stelter as he breaks down the coverage of the entertainment company by Fox. See if you can pick up on the extremely unsubtle condescension from Brian.
"We're seeing a theme of the midterm elections emerging," @brianstelter says. "The theme, the talking point on the right, is about protecting kids from the dangers of… The Walt Disney Company." pic.twitter.com/xmoM4n81Cl
— Reliable Sources (@ReliableSources) April 6, 2022
What is most amusing is not that Brian resorts to smug condescension in his delivery (that is a secondary source of mirth) but it is in his displayed ignorance that this is not a novel story with Disney. The company has come under fire in the past over its problems with pedophiles within the company – as reported by CNN.
Yes, Brian, while you are so intently focused on Fox, you seem to have missed that your outlet has reported on this very issue. Repeatedly.
Note Brian’s smugness over the fact that Fox would DARE imply Disney has a pedophile problem, as the media expert is oblivious to HIS OWN NETWORK reporting on the issue.
…and 2019 https://t.co/HNMrMe6zYe pic.twitter.com/ezvcWB5Vqp
— Brad Slager 🍸🥃🍺🎙 – Most Certainly A Biologist! (@MartiniShark) April 7, 2022
And as recently as this month, more Disney employees were caught up in a human trafficking and child sex predator sting. But how dare Fox?!
On Anderson Cooper’s AC360 program, he had a lengthy segment on this topic, the result of a six-month CNN investigation into theme park workers involved in pedophile stings. As Brian Stelter is dismayed that Fox News would take this approach towards Disney with a nod toward people with children, you have to chuckle and shake your head as you listen to Cooper say, “Parents are going to want to pay close attention to our next story.”
Yes, Brian – the temerity of Fox to suggest there is an issue with this company on this level. Wherever did they get such an idea?! Maybe it is because of the very recent issue of child predators being exposed inside CNN that the on-air talent are reticent about reporting on such a topic.