Don’t Stand So Close To Her

At some point in 2017 I noticed Fox News posting and airing stories about female teachers having sex with male students.

Someone at The New York Times noticed this as well:

“Instances of female teachers sexually abusing male students are rare. But stories on the subject have lately taken up a lot of space at FoxNews.com.

Through the first half of 2017, the site posted fewer than 20 stories on women accused of sex offenses. The new focus started on June 30, when FoxNews.com published an article on “the apparently increasing frequency of female teachers having sex with their young male students.” Over the next six months the site posted some 98 articles on instances of sexual abuse allegedly committed by women, most of them teachers.

Tales of the unusual suit the tabloid aesthetic of much of the site’s content. What was noteworthy was the spike in coverage of the subject, which began a few weeks after Noah Kotch, a former producer at NBC’s “Today” show, became the site’s editor in chief. It also came in the aftermath of numerous sexual harassment scandals at Fox News.”

“Nearly 30 percent of the articles posted under FoxNews.com’s “Sex Crimes” category between July and December were focused on female teachers, with many of them promoted near the top of the site’s home page.”

“At the Fox News Site, a Sudden Focus on Women as Sex Offenders” | The New York Times | Jonathan Galinsky | 03/14/2018

It should be noted that since Fox began reporting teacher/student sex crimes, other outlets have as well.

Still, given the pattern outlined by Galinsky, we should wonder about the extent to which Fox News might have or could have used the “female teachers having sex with teenage boys” meme to inoculate Foxies (the Fox News crowd) against last year’s growing swell of female voices demanding change. Of particular concern are what would follow months later: rampant allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse by powerful (mostly white) men, the deeply flawed and ultimately failed campaign of Roy Moore, and even the tepid, sometimes forgiving reactions from evangelicals when presented with sexual harassment allegations against the President.

This analysis is pure speculation, but not on whether Fox News actually tried to influence its audience in an MK-ULTRA kind of way. Rather, I wonder if this scenario could’ve happened without planning or a prime mover. Instead of a conspiracy, it could have been an effect with just an ambient cause, which I’d guess is the culture from which Fox News came.

@dexterkflowers

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