Orbitz prides itself on its outreach to the
LGBT community -- so why does it also put its brand and its dollars behind a major source of anti-gay misinformation?
Orbitz's outreach to the LGBT community has been laudable, but it's putting that hard work at risk through their decision to be a sponsor of Fox News. Orbitz's support for Fox News programming represents an investment in misinformation and smears aimed at the LGBT community and the issues that matter to them. On these issues, our analysis shows that Fox isn't a "fair and balanced" news source -- it's pushing a political agenda hostile to LGBT people. Fox News perpetuates a destructive anti-gay message that Orbitz shouldn't lend its support to.
Here are a few examples of Fox News acting in clear opposition to the best interest of the LGBT community:
- Fox News gave Mike Huckabee his own show despite a history of comparing homosexuality to drug abuse, incest, pedophilia, and necrophilia. Huckabee has repeatedly used his Fox platform to campaign against gay marriage, even insultingly suggesting that marriage equality poses a threat to stable society.
- Fox host Bill O' Reilly has used his popular and prime time show to warn against the supposed dangers of allowing gay people near children, to assert that same-sex marriage could lead to nuptials with turtles, ducks or dolphins, and to baselessly claim that implementing a hate crimes bill could protect pedophiles.
- Fox News repeatedly perpetuated lies that repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell would impact troop readiness and morale, despite multiple reports -- including the Pentagon's -- to the contrary.
These actions and others by Fox News are hurtful not just to the LGBT community, but to their friends and families and to the cause of equal rights for everyone. They also undermine Orbitz's efforts to support and reach out to LGBT customers.
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Ilyse Hogue Media Matters for America