FoxNews.com–with a series of sidebar ads from Republican campaigns and a link to Glenn Beck–gives most readers a sense that something highly conservative is afoot.
But FoxNews has, and continues to set a vicious double standard when it comes to real, ‘conservative’ values (or for that matter, any values at all) regarding the meaning and dignity of sexuality.
Scroll down half a page down and you’re liable to get an eye-full of half-clad bodies, the latest Maxim Hot 100 List, and about three different stories on Playboy centerfolds “Then & Now.” In short, the ratio of news to sex on Fox’s homepage generally comes in at about 3:1.
So what are the conservative kings up to, peddling all this flesh? (And certainly, “peddling” isn’t an overstatement, since nearly half the homepage is covered in it, and most of those stories include “photo galleries” for the curious viewer.)
Add to this imbalance–an imbalance not visibly present at CNN, NPR or the BBC–Fox’s consistently pointed commentary on things like Christina Aguilera’s latest video (a parade of “sex, skin and scandalous lyrics”), and you’ve got a nice little double standard, complete with talk of “obscenity” paired next to complementary, streaming footage.