“Cancel Culture: Weaponizing Voting, Dr. Seuss, Democrats and Pizza
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Fox News spent more than twice as much time discussing Dr. Seuss being “canceled” as covering major news on vaccine distribution and the FBI Director’s testimony on the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Media Matter’s determined that The Fox News Network covered Dr. Seuss and the “cancel culture” for 1 hour and 9 minutes, more than twice the time it spent covering FBI Director Wray’s testimony of 22 minutes, and the vaccine distribution news of 26 minutes.
Not only did the Wray hearing get scant coverage (the network didn’t air any of it live), but nearly half of the discussion about it was from prime-time host Laura Ingraham, who used the time to argue that “Congress relies on the smear that America is teeming with racists” and criticized Wray for devoting resources to white supremacist extremism. Even though Director Wray stated at the hearing, “the vast majority” of racially motivated violent extremism is “what you would call white supremacist violence.”
Parker Molloy is an editor at large with Media Matters, where she has worked since September 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree in arts, entertainment, and media management from Columbia College Chicago. She is the author of numerous articles including “Fox News’ Dr. Seuss obsession, by the numbers.”