What is wrong with the people that make the editorial decisions at Fox News? Is the hatred of the Obama Administration so deep at the Fox News network and its Tea Party audience, that it gives gavel-to-gavel coverage today of the “IRS scandal” hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee. The committee is chaired by a Republican, of course.
Is their hatred of women at Fox News, so deep that it completely ignores the issue of “Military Sexual Assaults?” Fox News makes the decision that a minor scandal of insignificant proportions, eclipses widespread “sexual assault” by members of the military.
Fox News completely ignores the more than 26,000 sexual assaults just last year and obviously believes the public has no right to know about these incidents and continues the “war against women.”
Even the conservative United States Senator from Oklahoma, James Imhofe says that sexual assault in the military is “an enemy to morale and readiness.”
Choosing to report in depth and over the top about how the IRS scandal impacted its constituents, the Tea Party. Yet, not one application for 501c status was rejected by the IRS. Nothing new is being introduced today at the IRS hearings, except the gratification of its audience that possibly could damage the hated Obama Administration. Fox News has yet to show that even one organziation has been damaged or diminished in any way.
That is more than can be said for any of the 26,000 that were “sexually assaulted” last year. However, to ignore the hearings on “military sexual assault, is to ignore women. The harm to women assaulted in the military have experienced irreparable physical and emotional harm. And it has put national readiness and national security in jeopardy.
Fox News says that its coverage will feature “leaders of groups allegedly targeted by the IRS, including several Tea Party groups and an anti-gay marriage organization that has claimed its donor details were inappropriately released.”
Yet, Fox News completely ignores the hearings held before the Senate Armed Service Committee on the serious and grave issue of “military sexual assaults” and the cover-ups surrounding these brutal sexual assaults.
Appearing before the Senate Armed Services committee were Judge Advocate General of the Army Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman; Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond Odierno; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey; Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Brig. Gen. Richard Gross and all six members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Senate Armed Services Committee is working on pending legislation regarding sexual assaults in the military. A recent survey of active duty personnel by the Pentagon revealed that 6.1 percent of women and 1.2 percent of men reported receiving “unwanted sexual contact” in the past year.
Sen. Kay Hagen, D-N.C., said, “We are demanding that change take place. … This is a crime and we’re going to address it as a crime, and the perpetrators are going to be kicked out of the military.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said recently, “Clearly we have a strategy in place that is not working.”
A handful of recent high-profile incidents have brought this issue to the forefront, according to CNN News, including the following:
— An Army sergeant first class assigned to the sexual assault prevention unit at Fort Hood, Texas, is being investigated for alleged sexual assault, pandering, abusive sexual contact and maltreatment of subordinates.
— In early May, an Air Force officer who worked with an assault prevention unit was charged with sexual battery after being accused of grabbing a woman and groping her buttocks and breasts in a parking lot not far from his Washington office.
— Three U.S. Naval Academy football players are under investigation in an alleged sex assault involving a female midshipman at an off-campus “football house” party in April 2012, according to a Defense Department official. The victim says she learned from friends and social media that the players claimed to have had sexual intercourse with her while she was intoxicated, her lawyer said.
The push by these members of the Senate Armed Services Committee come as sexual assault incidents are increasing with an estimated 26,000 last year. News networks such as CBS News, CNN, MSNBC, NBC News, ABC News among many other outlets, traditional and non-traditional, has given the issue plenty of coverage.
All, actually, but the unfair and unbalanced network news organization: Fox News.
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John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African American studies, published by The Elevator Group, Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books. John has volunteered for many political campaigns.