Fox News host Gretchen Carlson said she was disappointed to learn that the network is not airing a story about the fear of the LGBTQ community.
The segment, titled “The Fear of the Gay Community,” aired Monday on the Fox News Channel, and featured former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele and conservative commentator Ann Coulter.
According to Carlson, Fox News’s decision to keep it a top-tier topic and to not air the segment “reflects a deeper, more fundamental misunderstanding of the community and its very real challenges.”
She also pointed to the network’s decision not to air the first of two segments that discuss transgender bathroom access.
“We’ve seen the network and the network affiliates, who are mostly conservative, have made this very, very clear, the public has no right to watch this, the media have no right, the American public has to be told the truth,” Carlson said.
She said she has a feeling the network was not thinking about the impact the transgender issue would have on the public.
“The reason is because there is so much hate, so much bigotry, so many attacks, and yet Fox News has chosen to keep this segment on top of its agenda,” she said.
“I don’t know why they’re keeping it off the air, but it’s hard to tell.
I think that they’ve just kind of figured out that the public doesn’t want to hear about it.”
The segment was also criticized by conservative activist and former Fox News personality Dana Perino.
In a blog post Tuesday, Perino said the network has a history of ignoring or whitewashing LGBT people.
“For the record, I am not proud of the fact that I was an openly gay conservative who made a career in the entertainment business and the media, and then as the CEO of Fox News, I made a decision to not show the story of the fear that so many of our community face every day,” Perino wrote.
Perino also questioned the network for not allowing a transgender woman named Sarah Jones to appear on the network.
“Fox News is a network that loves to pretend that it is a bastion of truth and fairness and tolerance, yet they allow a trans woman, who is not a woman, to appear as an executive producer, and the first person who can answer questions about trans people in a trans-friendly way on the air,” she wrote.
“It’s just an outrage that Fox News is not only ignoring the reality of how much trans people face every single day, but is doing so in a way that makes it appear like a bastION of truth.”