It’s Time Fox News “Catches” Up – Anti-Gay Jokes Unacceptable

By GLAAD |
May 12, 2009

Fox News continued it's unfortunate history of making anti-gay jokes at Congressman Barney Frank's (D-MA) expense this week.

As Media Matters noted, Fox Business News Host Eric Bolling took a cheap shot at Frank during his show Street Meat. Bolling superimposed the head of Rep. Frank, along with others who have refused to come on Bolling's show, over a graphic of a baseball diamond.

Describing the placement of each individual, Bolling said:

" ..and appropriately positioned, Representative Barney Frank, catching of course."

And on March 31, 2009, Fox News Host Glenn Beck also made a joke at Rep. Frank's expense:

"Happy Birthday, Barney Frank. He's sixty-nine...I just gave you time to make your own joke."

Then, of course, there was the March 12, 2008 edition of The O'Reilly Factor, where Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller left nothing to the imagination with this exchange:

Miller: If he [Obama] wants to earn my goodwill and the goodwill of a lot of people, he oughta flatten these punks at AIG who keep take - these guys party. They make Caligula look like a shut-in. Enough is enough. We just gave 'em 150 billion. We gotta follow them around with hidden cameras. Take it all back. Let them go away. It's economic Darwinism. If they wanna spend like that, they should go under. Forget the parties, you guys. And I think that he oughta come down hard on them right now.

O'Reilly: And then arrest Barney Frank, correct? (laughs)

Miller: Eh, Barney might wanna get arrested. (laughs)

O'Reilly: (laughs) Okay, Dennis Miller everybody. I told you to hide the kids. (laughs)

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