– Update 6/22 – This morning from a Fox News host/anchor “Like it or not, these aren’t our kids. Show them compassion(*1) but it’s not like [Trump] is doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas. These are people from another country.(*2) And now people are saying(*3) they are more important than people in our country who are paying taxes and have needs as well”
*1 – Compassion is not forceably separating children from their parents and placing them into detention centers. Compassion will not pay for the cost of therapy these kids will need. The $800 per child per day that our government and we the unwitting taxpayers are spending to imprison these children does not include the cost of care and therapy they will need as they grow into adulthood nor compensate them for their fear and suffering.
*2 – No child from any country should be subjected to this cruelty and it is in fact our government that has already done this to children.
*3 – Who is saying this? What people? The only “people” I have heard saying this are the hosts and commentators on Fox News saying the other people are saying this. Source please. Until then…
Abhorrent heartless propaganda.
It should be noted that after the comments made by this host, he conveniently left the studio to walk his dog(s) leaving his co-hosts seemingly baffled. Geraldo Rivera later appeared on the program to give what appeared to be a sincere heartfelt apology on behalf of the same program for his part in being “slow to recognize the hideousness of this policy.” At the same time, a co-host claimed ignorance stating “nobody really knew”.
“Anyone can say they care… But watch their actions not their words. – Author unknown”
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June 21, 2018
Open letter to all companies advertising on Fox News:
Your company and its brands are being permanently harmed by your continued association with a media company that provides a platform for opinions and views that are an affront to human decency and compassion. By advertising on Fox News, you are supporting a company that provides a platform for fear, bigotry, misinformation, and propaganda that is damaging to a fair and open public discourse, to our country’s institutions, and to our democracy.
When I see commercials for your products and services appear on Fox News in the midst of statements from their hosts and commentators denigrating the experiences of immigrant children forceably separated from their parents and demeaning the public outrage felt by Americans, I am filled with anger, hurt, disgust, and outrage towards both Fox News and towards your company and its brands.
As a young child, I was separated from my mother for a year while she escaped an abusive situation. As an adult, I help raise foster children who have suffered the deeper trauma of being permanently separated from their parents. As I reflect upon the effects of such debilitating trauma in both myself and in my children, on the many years of pain, anger, and healing that we experience, I find it heartbreaking and difficult to even imagine the deeper emotional scars and trauma experienced by the thousands of children who have been forceably separated from their parents and placed into detention centers. Many of these children are infants and toddlers. Many of them will never be reunited with their parents.
When a Fox News host remarks that the public outrage over the forced separation of immigrant children from their parents is “hilarious” and that immigrant child detention centers are “essentially summer camps”, and your commercials appear, I am repulsed. When a Fox News commentator claims these children are “actors” being “coached… given scripts to read”, and your brand appears, I am enraged. When Fox News anchors are either complicit or participatory in narratives that diminish the heartfelt concerns of Americans for these children and their families, and your products and services appear, I am disgusted.
Sadly, this is only one of the many issues in which Fox News hosts or commentators have made abhorrent statements. They claimed that Parkland mass murder survivors are “actors”; Defended a candidate with a history of child molestation accusations; Whose executive feels the Olympics are becoming “darker and gayer;” Have suggested that Americans do agree that certain immigrants come from “shithole countries”; References – See Headlines for links to news articles.
The more I see your commercials appear on Fox News, the more I am sickened by the thought of purchasing your products and services. I sincerely hope you will proactively monitor and ensure that you advertise with media companies whose values align with your own, that you will not be complicit in supporting media companies that propagate hatred, bigotry, misinformation, and propaganda; and that you uphold your responsibility and obligation to both consumers and shareholders not to promote social and societal discord that ultimately harms us all.